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PhD position in glaciology at GEUS - Greenland surface mass balance of the lower accumulation zone

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) offers a three-year Ph.D. position in glaciology starting early 2012.

The lower region of the accumulation zone of the Greenland Ice sheet experiences substantial surface melt in most summers. In recent years, melting has reached higher elevations, increasing the melt area of the ice sheet substantially. It is therefore becoming more important to give reliable estimates of the mass balance of the part of the accumulation zone affected by melt. However, modelling the surface mass budget in the accumulation zone is complicated because of several poorly understood processes, such as meltwater retention and refreezing in snow/firn, compaction, and sub-surface melting, and their influence on surface radiative and aerodynamic properties.
The main task of the PhD student is to increase our knowledge and modelling capabilities of such processes. GEUS has in-situ weather station data sets and a surface energy balance model for the PhD student to use as a starting point. A crucial part of the study will be to perform detailed measurements of the snow pack and near-surface atmosphere during field campaigns on the Greenland Ice sheet.
The applicant preferably has a background in geo-physics or related disciplines. Field experience is valued, but not mandatory. Applicants must master the English language. Non-Danish speaking applicants should be prepared to learn Danish at a suitable working level.
The host institution will be GEUS, at the Department of Marine Geology and Glaciology, in central Copenhagen. The successful applicant will collaborate with Uppsala University in Sweden, where (s)he will be stationed for a period of several months. The research will take place within the framework of the Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI 
You can apply for the position by entering GEUS website under Jobs. 
The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
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Salary and employment conditions Terms of payment and appointment will be according to agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The appointment will be on the basis of scientific merit.

3 years
Greenland surface mass balance of the lower accumulation zone

For further information on the vacant position, please contact Dirk van As (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel:+1 303 492 8135) or head of department Karen Edelvang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;+4538142929").

 The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an international, independent research institution within the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and individuals within nature, climate, environment, energy and mineral resources. GEUS is responsible for the scientific exploration of the geology in Denmark and Greenland including shelf areas. GEUS maps, acquires and monitors data, informs the public about geological matters and is Denmark's and Greenland's geological data centre.

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