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Two 1-year Post Doctoral Research Positions with remote work options (glacial geology and model-data comparison & ice and climate modelling)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (or remotely)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Start date for both positions: Feb 1/2022 (possibly a few weeks
earlier).

Note, these positions can be done remotely. However, for non-Canadian
citizens or residents, the successful application will have to first
come to St. John's for about a month for work visa requirements (there
may be a possibility for German residents to avoid this requirement).
Applicants for both positions must be interested in working in a
collaborative environment. Duties will including mentoring of PhD
students working on related topics in the glacial dynamics group at
Memorial University. The PDFs will be expected to present results at
international conferences and workshops.

Year salary will be about $50k CDN. PDFs at Memorial University
receive standard staff benefits.

Associated benefit for those who choose to work onsite: the
spectacular natural environment of Newfoundland, Canada

The positions are both within the PalMod consortium project (
https://www.palmod.de/ ): From the Last Interglacial to the
Anthropocene: Modeling a Complete Glacial Cycle.

Interested candidates should contact Lev Tarasov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Please
include a full CV, contact information for references, and a statement
of interest.


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Position 1: 1 year Post-Doctoral Fellowship position in glacial
geology and model-data comparison for the last glacial cycle North
American and Eurasian ice sheet complexes.
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The successful applicant will work with Professor Lev Tarasov on last
glacial cycle history-matching for the North American and Eurasian ice
sheet complexes. The end goal is to develop a high-variance set of
glaciologically-self-consistent ice sheet chronologies to
approximately bracket the actual history of ice sheet evolution,
following the methodology laid out in
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-145 (building on the approach used in
Tarasov et al 2012, EPSL). A related task will be to build a curated
paleo-constraint database for these two ice complexes.

Applications are invited from self-motivated candidates with a deep
interest in glacial Earth systems science. Applicants must have
completed a PhD in physics, earth systems science, glacial geology,
geophysics or closely related areas by the start of PDF. They must
have a solid understanding of glacial geology, especially with respect
to interpreting uncertainties in interpretation and dating.  Though
they are not expected to necessarily have modelling experience, they
must be computer literate, and be comfortable with data management and
data visualization.

Required qualifications:
- Published record in glacial geology or related
- Solid understanding of ice sheet and paleoclimate records
- Computer literacy (ideally with with Linux/UNIX systems and shell
     scripting) and ability to quickly become proficient in new data
     processing and visualization applications
- Working understanding of statistics (ideally Bayesian inference).


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Position 2: 1 year Post-Doctoral Fellowship position in glacial cycle ice
and climate system interactions
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Building on the work of Andres and Tarasov (2019,
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2018-153) and Bahadory et al (2021,
https://cp.copernicus.org/articles/17/397/2021/), the PDF will closely
work with one PhD student to disentangle ice and climate interactions
during the last glacial cycle.

To what extent was the coupled ice and climate system robustly driven
by orbital forcing? Or was there, for instance, a dominant stochastic
aspect to the spatial pattern of ice sheet evolution? What were the
relative roles of : changing orography, changing ocean gateways, and
changing meltwater fluxes on glacial cycle evolution and shorter term
variability? How did sea-ice respond and in turn feedback on the rest
of the climate system? These questions will be addressed with LCice
(Bahadory et al, 2018, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-3883-2018 ) as
well with a new version using an upgraded version of the planet
simulator (
https://www.mi.uni-hamburg.de/en/arbeitsgruppen/theoretische-meteorologie/modelle/plasim.html
) that includes a dynamically evolving land mask.

Applications are invited from self-motivated candidates with a deep
interest in Earth systems modelling/science. Applicants must have
completed a PhD in physics, meteorology, physical oceanography, or
closely related areas by the start of PDF. Applicants must also be
interested in working on computationally intensive projects.

Required qualifications:
- published record in ocean, atmosphere, or (preferably) coupled climate system
modelling with GCMs
- Solid understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics and atmospheric/ocean
physics
- Experience in using F90, and analysis packages such as
OCTAVE/MATLAB/R/CDO/...
- Experience with Linux/UNIX systems, shell scripting,...


Computational resources: The Glacial Dynamics group at MUN has a
dedicated 770 core cluster and access to further computational
resources through ACEnet and SciNet.

Lev Tarasov -   Dept of Physics and Physical Oceanography,
                  Memorial University of Newfoundland.
                   email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                   http://www.physics.mun.ca/~lev/
                  Tel (709)-864-2675
                  Fax (709)-864-8739

2021-12-31

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