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Post-doctoral position on ice shelf damage modelling
Brussels, Belgium
Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Post-doctoral scientist position at the ULB, Belgium: Ice-shelf damage and potential cliff collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. The position aims at improved numerical modelling of the Antarctic ice sheet with a focus on damage processes of ice shelves.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Full time position for 12 to 24 months

Net monthly salary: 2300-2500 € (depending on seniority - this includes social insurance).

Location: Laboratoire de Glaciologie (, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

The candidates must not have spent more than 2 years in Belgium over the last 3 years and should not have obtained their PhD more than 6 years before the starting date of the grant.

The successful candidate will implement damage modules in an Antarctic ice sheet model (f.ETISh) and apply this at high resolution to the Pine Island - Thwaites Glacier system to analyse its stability and the response to atmospheric and ocean forcing across different time scales. Adjacent to this, parameterizations of cliff failure mechanisms will be explored. The effort is part of ongoing international projects aiming at improving projections on the contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to future sea-level rise.

Required qualifications:

  • To have a PhD in glaciology/ice sheet modelling or related field;
  • To have published in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • To have strong experience in Matlab programming and managing data sets; HPC computing is a plus;
  • To have demonstrated good verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment;
  • Previous experience in ice sheet modelling is an asset.

Applicants should send an e-mail to Frank Pattyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (i) a statement of research experience, qualification and interest, (ii) a complete CV including a list of publications, and (iii) the name of two scientists who would agree to send a letter of recommendation. Review of the applications will start May 25th and the call will remain open until the position is filled.

The environment

Brussels is a lively, well-connected city with a large international community located in the very centre of Europe. The GEMICE group (Geophysics and Modelling of Ice) of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie ( is specialized in the development and application of numerical ice sheet and ice shelf models, applied to specific glaciological problems, such as grounding lines, ice streams, ice sheet/ice shelf transitions, subglacial lake interconnection, subglacial polythermal conditions etc., as well as continental-scale ice-sheet modelling and projections for future sea level (ISMIP6). The Laboratoire de Glaciologie is composed of 2 academics, 5 postdocs and 10 PhDs and is involved in several national and international (EU) projects.

Further benefits are:

  • EU Citizens and citizens from countries that have a bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, unemployment benefit, pension, maternity leave and child benefit.
  • Non-EU Citizens from countries that have no bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, maternity leave and child benefit.
  • Insurance against accidents in the workplace.
  • Tax exemption.
  • Low-cost private hospitalization insurance.
  • On-site services at the ULB: medical centre, university hospital, sports centre, subsidized restaurants, cultural centre, childcare, holiday camps for children, etc.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Frank Pattyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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