Research Fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry

University of Leeds

Postdoctorate Position 2 years Leeds, UK

Uploaded 4 Mar 2019

Job Description

Are you an ambitious scientist looking for your next challenge? Do you have a PhD (or near to completion) in a quantitative subject, an interest in polar research and the skills to develop our satellite altimetry capability? 

The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) is seeking to recruit a research fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry, with emphasis on investigating historical and ongoing changes in the Arctic and Antarctica.

CPOM uses state-of-the-art Earth observation and modelling techniques to study the polar regions. The centre receives long-term strategic funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It also works closely with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and with the European Space Agency (ESA) on current and future satellite missions, including CryoSat-2, as well as many other national and international partners.The CPOM Directorate is based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, with researchers distributed across the UK.

In this role, you will lead a programme of sea ice altimetry research, focusing on measuring and monitoring the thickness and volume of historical and current sea ice in both hemispheres. This will involve exploiting recent developments in satellite radar altimetry and the resulting increase in the availability, volume, frequency and quality of Earth observation data.

Although based at the heart of the CPOM team in Leeds, you will work with scientists across our partner universities, including CPOM’s sea ice modelling team at the University of Reading.In addition, you will liaise with ESA, BAS, NOC, the UK Met Office and other institutions as appropriate to contribute to CPOM’s scientific objectives.

Person Specification

You will have a PhD (or close to completion ie the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application) in a relevant subject such as physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering. In addition, you will demonstrate an enthusiasm for scientific research and problem-solving, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as part of the wider CPOM team.

As CPOM Research Fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry, you will have:

  • A PhD (or close to obtaining ie the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application) in remote sensing, physics, mathematics or a related subject;
  • Experience of working with climate reanalysis data; 
  • Ability to independently develop and successfully carry out own research ideas; 
  • Experience of authoring publications in high-impact journals relating to satellite radar altimetry/sea ice research;
  • Track record of oral presentations at international meetings;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as part of a team;
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands and work to multiple deadlines. 

You may also have:

  • Significant experience as a researcher in the field beyond your PhD;
  • Experience of working with radar altimeter data;
  • Experience with airborne and in situ measurements;
  • Experience of collaborating with external and international research partners;
  • Experience of contributing to research proposals;
  • Experience of polar fieldwork;
  • Experience of project management;
  • Experience of managing junior staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with non-scientific audiences in written/verbal form.

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