3 PhD positions in Climate Sciences

The Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the leading scientific centre in Poland in the field of the Earth physics research. The Institute's research programme considers experimental and theoretical studies in scientific disciplines such as seismology, geomagnetism, atmospheric physics, geophysical imaging, lithospheric research, hydrology & hydrodynamics and polar & marine research. The Institute employs about 200 people (including 60 academics) and is a member of major international geophysical bodies.

As a member of the Geoplanet Doctoral School and Environmental Doctoral School, the Institute of Geophysics offers the PhD courses in geophysics. The course lasts 4 years, is conducted in English and ends with a PhD thesis. During the course, the student attends lectures and participates in research under the direction of a supervisor.

Doctoral students can receive, for the duration of their studies, a doctoral scholarship 2100 PLN monthly. The best three candidates from abroad may apply for scholarship 5000 PLN monthly.

The Institute of Geophysics seeks applicants
for three doctoral positions
in Climate Sciences and related topics.

1. Non-linear interactions in the tropical atmosphere

The PhD student will be designing and running idealized numerical simulation using Open IFS model from European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. In order to validate theoretical results, the candidate will be also analysing data from satellite measurements, ground based observations and numerical models (reanalysis). The proposed research is on the dynamics of global atmospheric circulation with particular interest in tropics. PhD student will be using and developing mathematical models, which describe evolution of discrete solutions (waves) of Naviere - Stokes equations in the shallow water approximation as well as interactions between them. Other mathematical models, including weak temperature gradient approximation, will also be used. Research will be conducted in the Atmospheric Physics Department of the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Department of Magnetism. This research will be conducted in international collaboration (e.g. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, US Naval Research Laboratory, University of East Anglia) embedded in an international programme Years of the Maritime Continent.

The ideal candidate should hold diploma in physics, mathematic or informatics, possess knowledge of differential equations solutions techniques and the basics of geophysical fluid dynamics or dynamics of the atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Knowledge of scripting programming (Python, Matlab, IDL, NCL, R) is required. English reading/writing/speaking at least at the level enabling understanding of scientific publications and interactions with international collaborators is indispensable. Moreover the candidate should be experienced in handling of atmospheric and/or oceanographic data.

For more information contact Dr Krzysztof Mizerski (kamiz@igf.edu.pl)

2. Dust in Svalbard' glaciers

The proposed research will be focused on accessory minerals, mainly monazite (CePO4) and zircon (ZrSiO4), their isotope characteristics and age determination for provenance studies. Another angle of the research will be Black Carbon Particles and their role as a climate forcing agent over Svalbard.

Requirements for candidates: Master's degree in geology (or similar); experience in laboratory and in the field work; ability to think analytically and to formulate conclusions; good knowledge of English language.

For more information contact Dr Monika Kusiak (monika.kusiak@igf.edu.pl)

3. Isotope geochemistry and paleomagnetims in mafic polar areas

As zircon is the only mineral which survived 4 Ga, it is the one, naturally selected for detailed studies on early Earth rocks. Separated grains will be isotopically characterised: U-Pb to determine their age and its subsequent history, oxygen isotopes for determining the nature of the protolith and its potential derivation from a weather source, and Lu-Hf isotopes for the extraction age of that crust from the mantle. The same set of methodologies will be used for rocks and minerals from all proposed regions of work (northern Labrador, eastern Greenland and east Antarctica).

Requirements for candidates: Master's degree in geology (or similar); experience in laboratory and in the field work; ability to think analytically and to formulate conclusions; good knowledge of English language.

For more information contact Dr Monika Kusiak (monika.kusiak@igf.edu.pl)

Recruitment to the positions is carried out in the form of the competition.

The deadline for the application is 19th August, 2019.

The detailed information about recruitment process, required documents and the evaluation procedure can be found at: https://www.igf.edu.pl/phdstudies.php

For additional information contact Dr Krzysztof Kochanek (kochanek@igf.edu.pl) or Anna Cygan (sn@igf.edu.pl)













posted: 10 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.