Postdoctoral fellowship – University of Oregon

Postdoctoral fellowship: Icebergs / Physical Oceanography / Glaciology
Advisor: Dave Sutherland, University of Oregon ( Location: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Duration: up to 2 years
Topic: Iceberg melt and movement in Greenland fjords

Description: This NSF-funded project is focused on intensive, process-based research to improve our understanding of how deep-keeled icebergs melt in Greenland’s fjords. We will use a suite of complementary methods, including novel technology (based on GPS and aerial surveys), satellite remote sensing data, high-resolution ice-ocean coupled numerical models, and in situ oceanographic data. The overall goal is to improve our understanding of where and when icebergs melt and by what mechanism, with an eye towards identifying feedbacks with fjord stratification that could influence outlet glacier dynamics. The successful applicant will also enjoy opportunities to work on existing projects examining ice-ocean interactions in Alaska and Greenland, including the opportunity to participate in field work.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills, preferably with expertise in one or more of the following: GPS technology, remote-sensing analysis, ice-ocean modeling, or observational oceanography; although all candidates with physical oceanography or glaciology backgrounds will be considered. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with a diverse research team from multiple institutions and utilize a wide range of techniques and data sources from both the ocean and ice realms. The successful applicant should have a PhD (by the start date) in physical oceanography, glaciology, or a related-discipline. Applicants should have a record of good written and spoken communication skills, as well as evidence of being an independent researcher with a collaborative attitude.

To apply: Please send 1) a curriculum vitae and 2) a one-page statement describing your research background in the context of this project, as well as 3) arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Dave Sutherland ( Review of applicants will begin on November 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant will be able to start as early as Spring 2017. The position is initially for one-year and includes support for travel and publications, with a second year contingent on progress and funding.

The setting: Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon has an enrollment of over 25,000 students. The Eugene metro area (pop. 215,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are about an hour’s drive from both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains.

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. For more information, contact Professor Dave Sutherland (

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