The Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of the largest contributors to global sea level change and its contribution may increase sharply in the near future. One of the key processes that controls the evolution of the ice sheet is iceberg calving, whereby vast areas, often exceeding several 1000 km2 in size, break off from the continent and drift out into the open ocean. If calving events become more frequent in a warming world, they could have a significant impact on the state of Antarctica, and its future contribution to sea level rise. However, the underlying physical conditions that cause the ice to break and icebergs to form, remain poorly understood.
In this project, you will work with a world-leading team of glaciologists at Northumbria University to advance the understanding of these important processes. You will use data from recent calving events for a number of areas in Antarctica (Brunt, Pine Island, Larsen C) to test and improve the representation of calving in computer simulations. Training will be offered in glaciology and numerical modelling, and there will be an opportunity to attend summer schools in Svalbard and the Alps to gain further skills in glaciology and fieldwork. This project will be in collaboration with MSC software, a world leading provider of simulation software used extensively in the aerospace and automotive industries. You will be supported by expert developers at the company and will spend time working at MSC software where you will have the opportunity to apply their state of the art tools to glaciological problems. You will be encouraged to participate in UK and international scientific conferences to discuss with colleagues and to promote your research.
Your results will inform future model developments, with the overall aim to provide improved projections of Antarctic mass loss over the next decades to centuries.
If you have strong numerical skills and a good background in physics, environmental sciences and a keen interest in programming, this project is well suited for you. An undergraduate or MSc degree in physics, mathematics or environmental sciences is essential. For more information, please contact Jan De Rydt ([email protected]
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. OP.....) will not be considered.
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality
We have a minimum of 12 (3.5 year) PhD fully funded studentship awards available for October 2020 entry. Each award includes fees (Home / EU), an annual living allowance (for 2019/20 this is £15,009) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).