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PhD studentship opportunity at the British Antarctic Survey on ‘The impact of meteorological extremes on surface melting of Antarctic’s ice shelves’ (UK) 

PhD studentship opportunity at the British Antarctic Survey on The impact of meteorological extremes on surface melting of Antarctic’s ice shelves, funded by C-CLEAR, which includes maintenance grant + University fees +research costs, starting from 1st October 2024. 
 
The successful student will use satellite imagery, high-resolution atmospheric model simulations, and atmospheric reanalysis datasets to investigate the vulnerability of Antarctic ice shelves to surface melting induced by extreme weather events, which can increase the likelihood of their collapse. The student will be hosted at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK, which is a world leading polar research centre focused on Earth System Science. Additional supervision will be from the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University. You will be guided through the process of preparing your results for publication and will have the opportunity to present your research at national/international conferences. 
 

The student will learn about regional climate modelling, satellite images, atmospheric processes, atmosphere-ice shelf interactions, and analysis using Python. The training will be through short courses and Summer Schools and through interactions with the supervising team who together cover expertise in all these topics. 
 
Further details can be found here: 
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nercdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/projects/ce528-impact-meteorological-extremes-surface-melting-antarcticas-ice-shelves-lead__;!!KGKeukY!waixZ4f7i8yXg-IQDYB3YB5cgVGP-7tgl7ZaAzAMgIur_bkI5JQkWfLOnIZOfGFrD3pU9Nbrj2tAfiqoQvUs$ 
 
We seek an enthusiastic, self-motivated student with creative ideas and strong interests in polar climate and variability. They must hold or expect to gain at least an upper-second class undergraduate degree in either atmospheric, oceanic, earth sciences, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field. Programming experience and written skills are advantageous. 
 
The closing date for applications is 5 January 2024. Details of how to apply can be found here: 
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nercdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/StaffDirectory/british-antarctic-survey-supervisors__;!!KGKeukY!waixZ4f7i8yXg-IQDYB3YB5cgVGP-7tgl7ZaAzAMgIur_bkI5JQkWfLOnIZOfGFrD3pU9Nbrj2tAfvQefzJD$ 
 
For further enquiries please email Dr Andrew Orr: anmcr@bas.ac.uk 
Dr Andrew Orr 
Climate Scientist 
Atmosphere Ice and Climate team 
British Antarctic Survey 
High Cross 
Madingley Road 
Cambridge, CB3 0ET 
 
Email: anmcr@bas.ac.uk 
Profile: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bas.ac.uk/profile/anmcr__;!!KGKeukY!waixZ4f7i8yXg-IQDYB3YB5cgVGP-7tgl7ZaAzAMgIur_bkI5JQkWfLOnIZOfGFrD3pU9Nbrj2tAflWTDpyh$ 
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