Seven Doctoral student positions open at Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland, deadline 6 September 2013
Thule Doctoral Programme (ThuleDP) calls for applicants for five (5) four-year doctoral student positions for 2014–2017 and two (2) two-year positions for 2014–2015 in the fields of climate change dynamics, impacts and adaptation, sustainable resource management, and health and wellbeing in northern communities. Deadline for applications is 6 September 2013, 15:00 (UTC+2).
PhD interpretation of ice-core signals
Code: 60/D/Geo-PDeadline: 15.Jul.2013
Postdoc paleoclimate data analysis/modeling
Executive Director, International Permafrost Association
PhD Student in Marine Geology/Organic Geochemistry/Paleoceanography
Code: 54/D/Geo (HB-03)
PhD Student sea ice modeling and data assimilation
Code: 55/D/KIi (HB-02)
PhD student, Antarctic phytoplankton ecology /physiology
The Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in Wales is opening a call for applications for fully-funded (fees + stipend) PhD studentships.
This call includes a PhD studentship to explore fungal diversity and trophic interactions in glacial ecosystems using meta- 'omics and chemical imaging approaches. More details are available at: http://users.aber.ac.uk/aye/Frozen_fungi_phd.pdf
Prospective applicants meeting the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact for more information. The deadline for formal applications is on the 22nd of May, 2013 and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview as part of the selection process.
Summary of the research:
Heavy snow events are among the most severe natural hazards in mountainous countries. For extrapolating beyond the highest observed values in a spatial context Max Stable Processes (MSPs) is a natural however still very new framework. The objective of this PhD will be to implement and apply recent developments in MSPs theory to identify refined spatio-temporal patterns of extreme snowfall and snow depth in the French Alps. An exceptionally rich data set of many snow variables will be exploited, which may allow us to improve current knowledge about extreme snow events as a whole. First attempts of extreme snow modeling in the French and Swiss Alps have recently been made and this PhD will aim at going further. In particular, altitudinal effects will be taken into account in a finer way the influence of weather types on the spatio-temporal patterns of interest will be studied, and important hydrological and climatological hypotheses regarding extreme snow variables will be confirmed or infirmed. A particular attention will be paid towards the influence of topography and accumulation duration on directional effects, and towards the difference in spatial structure between extreme snowfall and snow depth. Furthermore, the explicit consideration of an unsteady framework will allow us to document or contest the assumption generally made of an increase of extreme snowfall/snow depth under ongoing climate change, especially at high altitude. Hence, this work is expected to produce results of high operational interest for, e.g., avalanche forecasting and winter water storage quantification, for instance by helping characterize the rarity of a severe storm not only locally but at its most relevant spatial scale through joint exceedence probabilities among a set of stations.
The work will be done in very strong collaboration between three teams of the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble (OSUG) that have extensive experience in snow science, snow hydrology, and statistical modelling of cryospheric processes.
Applicants should have a master in statistics, hydrology, snow science or related topics. Past research work in extreme value analysis and/or snow-cryospheric statistical modelling would be appreciated. Applicants should be fluent in oral and written English. Knowledge of a programming
language (e.g., R, Matlab) is required. This job is offered with no restriction on age, sex or nationality, in accordance to French law.
To apply, e-mail us to discuss the project at
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and register online at
The Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE-CNRS, Grenoble, France) invites applications for two PhD positions in ice flow modeling starting from October 2013 for 3 years. First PhD will focus on development of assimilation methods in ice flow model whereas the second PhD will be dedicated to ocean / ice sheet interactions and coupling of corresponding models. A description of both subject is given below. Application dead-line is 1st June 2013. For further details or application, please contact Gael Durand
The University of Venice, Italy has open a call for 9 PhD positions on Science and Management of Climate Change.
You can find all the information about the course in the following web site http://venus.unive.it/phd-climate-change/.
Candidates can apply to the positions at: http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=151739.
The deadline is the 27 May 2013.
Announcement for up to 15 research posts related to the Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'GLANAM' (Glaciated North Atlantic Margins), 2013-2017, funded by the EU 7th Framework.
The scientific goal of GLANAM is to determine the controls on the development, in time and space of glaciated continental margins. Research objectives will focus on:
1. The role of different glacial/non?glacial sedimentary processes in shaping the glaciated NA margins.
2. The extent, timing and rates of decay of marine? based ice sheets.
3. The influence of ice ages on hydrocarbon systems.
4. The influence of climate change and sedimentary processes on the fluid flow (and gas hydrate) systems. 5. To identify the controlling factors and the role of submarine mass movements (with resulting tsunamis) on the glaciated NA margins.
Each post will be based at one of the partner institutions: University of Bergen (UoB), University of Troms? (UoT), University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), North Energy Exploration, Durham University (UDUR), Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Ulster (UoU), Denmark and Greenland Geological Survey (GEUS)
Details of individual posts can be found at the partner institutions but for a full list of links and posts please visit:
For further information on the GLANAM project, contact the please coordinator: Prof. Hans Petter Sejrup (UoB) email@example.com.
We seek a motivated student for a research project on :
'Winter extreme precipitation events in the Arctic'
Within the research program on winter extreme events in the Arctic, the Ph.D. project aims at developing satellite remote sensing methods to detect rain-on-snow (ROS) events. The project will evaluate the occurrence and impact of those events on various climatic feedbacks as well as related uncertainties in regional climate models. Research activities include the treatment of passive microwave and multispectral remote sensing data, the use and validation of snow multilayered thermodynamic models. Field work is also planned at several locations where in-situ geophysical and radiometric measurements of snow will occur. The deployment and maintenance of a snow-dedicated meteorological tower is also planned.
Those processes have significant impacts on surface energy balance, and their cumulated contributions to climate scenarios unknown. The research will provide improved knowledge on the climate scenarios uncertainties in a rapidly changing climate in the Arctic.
The Ph.D. will be funded for 3 years, starting in the Fall 2013.
Required: Extensive coding abilities (Matlab, Python...), GIS, field experience, team work.
If interested, contact:
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Langlois
Professeur Adjoint / Assistant Professor
Centre d'Applications et Recherches en T?l?d?tection (CARTEL)
D?partement de G?omatique Appliqu?e
Universit? de Sherbrooke
2500 Blvd. de l'Universit?
Sherbrooke, Qu?bec, J1K 2R1
T?l. : 819-821-8000 #65690
Fax : 819-821-7944
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Web : http://pages.usherbrooke.ca/cartel/langlois_alexandre.php
Northumbria University is inviting applications for University funded PhD studentships in cryospheric subjects (see table below). These studentships are available for uptake from September 2013. For further details and how to apply please visit:
If you are considering an application you would be advised to speak to the supervisor for the project that interests you. We will provide advice on how to complete the application form. As these studentships are part of a University competition, we do not know how many studentships will be funded - the quality of the applicant will determine this.
In addition to University funding one of these projects will be funded through a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Ph.D. studentship award. Funding for this project is for 3.5 years (42 months) and is subject to U.K. Natural Environment Research Council regulations. For this post a candidate must have "a relevant connection with the United Kingdom." Full details of eligibility are given at:
and in the NERC Handbook pp.3-7:
If you would like further information please do get in touch. Please pass this message on to any excellent students who you know are seeking PhD opportunities.
The deadline for all applications is 26th April 2013.