[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD, modeling the Future Greenland Ice Sheet coupled to the Climate System with CESM-CISM, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Sep 21 07:50:39 MDT 2016

*PhD on modeling the Future Greenland Ice Sheet coupled to the Climate 
System with CESM-CISM*

*Job description*

The PhD candidate will investigate future interactions between the 
Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) and the climate system with the Community 
Earth System Model (CESM, www2.cesm.ucar.edu 
<http://www2.cesm.ucar.edu>) coupled to the Community Ice Sheet Model 
version 2 (CISM2, http://oceans11.lanl.gov/cism/index.html). CESM is a 
global climate model capable of realistic simulation of GrIS surface 
melt and refreezing. CISM is an ice sheet model that simulates the 
topography, velocity field and thermal state of ice sheets.

Including ice sheets as interactive components of global climate model 
is a young and promising field of research. This project is timely as 
the GrIS is currently losing mass at an accelerated rate and its 
contribution to future sea level rise is one major impact of 
anthropogenic climate change.  This project will participate in the 
international Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project 6 (ISMIP6).

The PhD candidate will design and perform simulations with the ice sheet 
and climate models, will modify the code where appropriate for specific 
research targets, and will analyze model output and available 
observations. He/she will evaluate the sensitivity of the GrIS to 
atmospheric and/or ocean forcing, will quantify the role of feedbacks in 
accelerating/decelerating GrIS mass loss, and will contribute to assess 
the timing and climatic impacts of Greenland deglaciation.


Applicants should have a strong background in meteorology, oceanography, 
Earth sciences or physics, as well as experience with FORTRAN90, 
geophysical models and Unix-Linux environments. Experience with CESM, 
CISM or similar climate and/or ice sheet models is a plus. Strong 
programming skills are essential. Good English speaking and writing 
skills are required.

*Employer information*

The Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing 
(http://www.grs.citg.tudelft.nl <http://www.grs.citg.tudelft.nl/>) from 
the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) conducts a research 
program in the disciplines of geodesy and remote sensing, natural 
geophysics, and climate and atmospheric sciences.

We offer a full-time position during four years. Funding is provided 
from the ERC-awarded (https://erc.europa.eu <https://erc.europa.eu/>) 
project “CoupledIceClim”.


Please send a letter of motivation, CV and (email) addresses of two 
referees to *Miren Vizcaino* at M.Vizcaino at tudelft.nl 
<mailto:M.Vizcaino at tudelft.nl>with Subject: “ERC-PhD FutureGrIS”, at the 
latest by Oct 23^rd 2016.  Starting date is between Nov 1st 2016 and Feb 
1st 2017.
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