Postdoctoral Research Associate - Glacier-volcano interactions

Department of Natural Sciences - Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Geosciences - University of Aberdeen
Grade 7 (£30,942 to £34,804)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in remote sensing (satellite) analysis of glacier-volcano interactions. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, and is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant ('Using glaciers to identify, monitor, and predict volcanic activity').

The principal role of the PDRA is to develop remote sensing methods for the automated detection of volcanic activity at glacier occupied volcanoes globally, based on glacier response to volcanic unrest (as demonstrated, for example, by the development of anomalous features on glacier surfaces). The aim is to generate tools for identifying past, ongoing, and imminent volcanic eruptions, and publish associated journal articles. Given the emphasis on tool development, a background in remote sensing and/or GIS is essential. An interest in glaciology and/or volcanology would also be useful - though not essential.

The applicant will be based in Manchester (UK) working with the project leader and PhD student, but will also have the opportunity to spend time in Aberdeen (UK), where a co-investigator is based.

Applicants should possess (or be very close to obtaining) a doctorate in earth/geo sciences, remote sensing, physics, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline. A background in any of the following will be of advantage: satellite remote sensing, image analysis, GIS, programming, artificial intelligence or big data analysis.

In addition to their salary, the postholder will receive financial support to attend international conferences and workshops.

Please direct enquiries to Dr Iestyn Barr (

As part of your application, you will be required to upload a cover letter, CV and details of two referees.

The closing data for applications is: 23-AUG-2020.

Anticipated start date: 01-OCTOBER-2020

published: 29 July 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.