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Postdoc geophysicist position on Thwaites Glacier
Cambridge, UK
British Antarctic Survey
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher to join our Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate Team. Under the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC -, UK and US scientists are investigating one of the most unstable glaciers in Antarctica. Within this large collaborative framework, the GHOST project ( will investigate the sediment, hydrology, and bedrock beneath Thwaites Glacier, and assess the impact of these boundary conditions on the glacier’s dynamics.

Guided by focused modeling studies, the team will conduct seismic, radar, magnetotelluric, ApRES, GPS, and gravity surveys in transects along and across the interior of the glacier, and over GHOST Ridge, which models suggest is a likely stabilizing point for Thwaites following retreat from its current position. Geophysical data collected in the field will then constrain outlet-glacier simulations that will be closely allied with data-interpretation efforts, leading to improved process understanding under a range of bed scenarios. The GHOST team comprises geophysicists and modelers.

The purpose of this role is to acquire, process, analyse and publish results from active source seismic data from Thwaites Glacier. Within the GHOST project, these results will be integrated into models to determine controlling interactions between glacier and bed, thereby improving projections of Thwaites’ evolution and its potential contribution to global sea level rise

This is a fixed term appointment of 24 months. More details and application instructions can be found on the BAS website:

The closing date for applications is 10 May 2023.


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