Post-doctoral Research Associate in sea level change

We would like to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on sea level change at the University of Cambridge for a fixed term of 12 months. They would join a collaborative project with Columbia University in the United States whose aim is to develop and apply gradient-based optimisation techniques to invert deglacial sea level records for both mantle viscosity and ice sheet history. The specific aim for this position is the application of the second-order adjoint method to allow for uncertainty quantification within the inversions, this work to be done in collaboration with PI David Al-Attar.

The successful candidate must either have, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. computational physics, geodynamics, seismology, ice dynamics). We are looking for a candidate with a strong computational background including experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations, optimisation techniques, and parallel computing. An ideal candidate will have worked with adjoint methods previously. Prior knowledge of deglacial sea level is not required, but they must be willing to engage with this field appropriately. Applicants should have good communication skills and preferably have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals.

Further particulars and information at, you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University's Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to the PI David Al-Attar ( and applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Al-Attar regarding the position.

Please quote reference LB26850 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The closing date is 3rd July 2021.

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The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 02 June 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.