Research Fellow in Earth Observation of the Polar Regions

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7071054 (Ref.No. ENVEE1422)
Posted: October 16, 2020

Job Description

Are you an ambitious scientist looking for your next challenge? Do you have a PhD (or near to completion - i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application) in remote sensing, physics, mathematics, computer science or environmental science, or a closely allied discipline, an interest in Polar research and the skills to develop our Earth observation capability? 

We are seeking to recruit a research fellow in Earth observation of the Polar regions at the University of Leeds, to investigate historical and ongoing changes in the Arctic and Antarctica.

You will join a team of glaciologists at the University of Leeds, using satellite data to improve our understanding of ice sheet-ocean interactions, and the processes driving recent change. This group uses state-of-the-art Earth observation data and advanced computer techniques to study the Polar regions. We specialise in using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and altimetry satellite data to measure important glaciological parameters such as the speed of glacier flow, ice shelf thickness change and the filling and draining of sub-glacial lakes. The group receives research funding on major projects from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). We collaborate closely with many international research partners on funded projects, providing a fantastic opportunity to make connections and broaden your network. Dr Anna Hogg is co-director of the NERC SENSE Centre for Doctoral Training, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and the University of Edinburgh, providing a network of Earth observation researchers distributed across the UK. 

You will work with Dr Anna Hogg to investigate ice shelf-ocean interactions, and its impact on ice sheet dynamics which causes sea level rise. You process satellite data to produce new glaciological and oceanographic geophysical datasets, which will enable us to examine the relationship between rapidly evolving regions of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets, and the Polar oceans which drive this change. You will lead author peer review publications reporting these findings, and present your work at international science conferences. Your research at Leeds will form a central role of a large international consortium project lead by Dr Hogg, in collaboration with 6 other leading institutions across Europe and the UK, including two international space agencies. You will have opportunity to work on multiple research projects, and to travel to leading international institutions to present your work, growing your network of collaborators. Travel will mainly be within Europe, with the possibility of travel to the US for AGU conference, and may be subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

You will have or be close to obtaining (the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application), a PhD in a relevant subject such as remote sensing, physics, mathematics, computer science or environmental science or a closely allied discipline. Experience of processing satellite datasets for cryosphere, oceanographic or other disciplines is highly desirable. 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 an international research team. You will have a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Anna Hogg, University Academic Fellow and Co-Director of SENSE


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £33,797 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 August 2022)
Release Date:  Thursday 15 October 2020
Closing Date:  Saturday 14 November 2020
Reference:  ENVEE1422

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