Ph.D. position in remote sensing of Antarctic ice-ocean interaction

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Antarctica’s floating margins are changing rapidly, influencing global sea level and ocean circulation. Much of this change is driven by interactions with relatively warm ocean water. We seek a Ph.D. student interested in studying this ice-ocean interaction using remote sensing tools, including (but not limited to) airborne radar, optical imagery, and satellite laser altimetry. In particular, this project will investigate the evolution of channelized basal melt on the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves. In addition, considerable flexibility is available in this project to involve studies of related past and present ice-ocean interactions in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Dr. Karen Alley and Dr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen. Candidates should ideally hold a Master’s degree in Physical Geography, Geology, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Engineering, or a related field, but outstanding candidates holding a Bachelor’s as their highest degree in one of these fields will also be considered. The start date for this project is flexible.

Diversity and Immigration Statement: The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or 204-474-8371. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Application deadline: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Karen Alley ( Please include in your application a cover letter indicating your motivation and relevant research experience, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the contact information for at least two referees.

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