Postdoctoral Researcher - Ocean/Ice Modeller

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£35,844 - £40,322
18 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a four-year postdoctoral research position in ocean/ice modelling, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  The successful candidate will be part of the multi-disciplinary research theme ‘Extreme Environments’ and will be based in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences, within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The project will focus on developing our understanding of the role played by the oceans in driving ice sheet change.  While West Antarctica has been the focus of most recent efforts on that topic, this project concerns itself with other geographic regions, where the ocean conditions and sources of variability differ.  Specific regions of interest are East Antarctica and northern Greenland, but there will also be a general/theoretical focus on the role of ice shelf topography, in particular the basal channels that characterise many of the ice shelves, on the sub-ice ocean circulation and the resulting ice shelf melt rates.  The processes will be investigated using numerical models of ocean circulation and ice sheet flow. There is scope for theoretical developments in the combined role of topography and stratification in controlling the ocean circulation beneath ice shelves, as well as the opportunity to apply that understanding in improving ice-ocean coupled modelling of specific regions of the Earth’s ice sheets beyond West Antarctica.  The successful candidate will have the freedom to focus on goals of specific interest to them within the broad remit of the project.

The project is a part of a collaboration between Northumbria and Oxford universities.  The candidate will primarily work with Adrian Jenkins, Hilmar Gudmundsson and Jan De Rydt at Northumbria University, as well as with Helen Johnson in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University.  The candidate will be a part of a sizeable group at Northumbria University focusing on various numerical and theoretical aspects of ice-ocean interactions, ocean circulation and ice mechanics. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in either physics or mathematics, or in a related, numerate discipline such as glaciology or geophysics. Experience in numerical modelling and background in or knowledge of applied mathematics is desirable.  The post will commence in early to mid-2021, with the targeted staring date being 1st May, 2021.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Adrian Jenkins via Catherine Smurthwaite, on

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017. In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

Currently, due to COVID-19, academic staff will normally be on campus for approximately two days per week when face to face teaching is scheduled, and as required to undertake research using specialist facilities. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 28/02/2021