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Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral position in oceanography. This fellowship is last for 12 months and posible to extend. Candidates are welcome before December 05, 2018.

We require a marine geophysicist with knowledge of high-latitude continental margins to analyse and interpret multibeam echo-sounder and associated acoustic datasets from the Weddell Sea area of Antarctica and the eastern Barents Sea.

As part of this role, you will work on the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 project. The post-holder will be responsible for compiling multibeam and related data from the Weddell Sea, acquired on a 6-week geophysical cruise to the area in January/February 2019, and then playing a role in the analysis and interpretation of these data. The other part of the role involves working with Russian scientists on multibeam and seismic data from the eastern Barents Sea and, for this work, it would be an advantage to have a working knowledge of the Russian language.

The overall aim of the Weddell Sea expedition is to investigate the glaciology, marine-geology and geophysics, marine biology and oceanography of the water-filled cavities beneath floating ice shelves in the Weddell Sea – a significant scientific and logistical challenge since such environments are among the most hostile and least accessible on Earth. The Weddell Sea sector of Antarctica is surrounded by a number of major ice-sheet-ice shelf systems. Several of these ice shelves are changing rapidly, making investigations here very timely.

The aim of work in the Russian Barents Sea is to extend our knowledge of the submarine geomorphology of this very poorly known part of the Arctic, so that reconstructions of the late Quaternary Barents/Kara Ice Sheet can be better constrained using the marine-geophysical data in Russian repositories. Liaison with Russian colleagues is an important part of this study.

You will work with Prof. Dowdeswell as part of a strong group of glaciologists and marine geophysicists/geologists investigating modern and past patterns of ice-sheet form and flow. Your role will be the reduction, analysis and interpretation of marine geophysical datasets from both Antarctica and the eastern Barents Sea in the Arctic.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Prof. Julian Dowdeswell by email, jd16@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.


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