Graduate student opportunities in sea ice research at the Geophysical Institute

November 30, 2011


Graduate students are needed to fill positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (applicants for Ph.D. program preferred, but strong applications for M.S. program will be considered, also for topics in sea-ice research other than those outlined below):


(1) Ph.D. graduate student support available for a study linking sea-ice transport properties (dielectric properties, permeability, etc.) to ice microstructure in an interdisciplinary project with colleagues at the University of Utah and in New Zealand, with direct applications for remote sensing and the development of new sensor systems for polar observing networks. This project includes lab work in a state-of-the-art glaciological laboratory with opportunities for field work in Arctic Alaska. Background in (geo)physics, engineering, chemistry or material science helpful.


(2) Ph.D. graduate student support as part of the international Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet) project; SIZONet is contributing to the Arctic Observing Network and combines geophysical studies of Alaska's changing sea ice cover with research meant to provide useful information to various ice users. Specific PhD thesis research can address a number of different perspectives depending on student interests, ranging from observing system and network design to local and regional impacts of climate change on sea ice conditions or ice dynamics in  coastal environments. The project provides funding support for at least three years, background in the physical-environmental sciences or engineering combined with an ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting is helpful.


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