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Research Associate - Paleoclimate Modelling

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University of Cambridge

This is a fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Associate in palaeoclimate modelling using water isotopes.

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a Post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) in paleoclimate modelling to support the interpretation of a new ice core. The new core will be used to assess the state of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet at the last interglacial. The PDRA position is part of the WACSWAIN project, funded by the European Research Council.

The successful applicant will join the WACSWAIN team ( and will be supported by the paleoclimate modelling group, led by Dr Louise Sime at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge.

In 2018/19 the WACSWAIN team retrieved a new 651 m core to bedrock at Skytrain Ice Rise, bordering the Ronne Ice Shelf and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS).

The PDRA will use the differences in the oxygen isotope record from Skytrain Ice Rise and from existing ice cores in other parts of Antarctica to assess the status of the WAIS in the last interglacial.

This will involve using water-isotope-enabled GCMs to study the differences in isotopic response based on different scenarios of ice sheet history. A range of ice sheet histories from modelling experiments are available from the literature and database archives as input.

Additionally the PDRA will assess possible changes in bed (and therefore ice) elevation at Skytrain Ice Rise, working in collaboration on GIA modelling led Dr Pippa Whitehouse at Durham University.

The PDRA will both evaluate existing isotope-enabled GCM simulations and as necessary run further simulations with new WAIS change scenarios. The isotope enabled modelling will be supported by the British Antarctic Survey paleoclimate modelling group.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise and knowledge in climate modelling using GCMs.

Experience specifically with palaeoclimate modelling, and/or water isotope modelling, and/or with the HadCM3 model would be advantageous. Candidates must be confident in handling climate model output, and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of palaeoclimate and ice core science.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant area and in addition to the skills discussed above will have good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, good IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Further particulars at, use this link to apply online for this vacancy.

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Prof. Eric Wolff (

Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference LB18587 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at:

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The closing date is 27 April 2019.

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Status: Research Scientist
Location: Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 14 Apr 2019
Expiry date: 27 Apr 2019
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