PhD Position in the Geodynamics of Antarctica Volcanism and Ice Sheet Evolution

We seek a student for a PhD position in computational geophysics that will take part in a multidisciplinary research investigation on the relationship between recent ice sheet evolution and volcanism in Western Antarctica.

The PhD project will use state-of-the-art geodynamic modeling to constrain the relationship between ice sheet evolution, volcanic eruptive patterns, and petrologic data sets from the Executive Committee Range in Marie Byrd Land. The results of the project will provide critical new constraints on the thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet through time, which has key implications for our understanding of recorded climate change.

The candidate will participate in a wide variety of activities that includes, multi-physics simulations, high-performance computing, and statistical analysis between simulation and natural data sets. The candidate will also work closely with the broader interdisciplinary team of petrologists and geophysicists. Given these activities, we seek candidates who may have a strong foundation in geophysics, physics, applied mathematics, computer sciences, and related fields.

The PhD position will primarily be supervised by John Naliboff at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for up to 4 years, including 2.5 years of research funding provided by the National Science Foundation grant “Integrating petrologic records and geodynamics: Quantifying the effects of glaciation on crustal stress and eruptive patterns at Mt. Waesche, Executive Committee Range, Antarctica” . The position may begin as early as May 2022 and includes a yearly stipend starting at ~ $34,000/year.

For more information, please contact Prof. John Naliboff (, New Mexico Tech). In any correspondence please include a short statement of interest and curriculum vitae.

published: 08 April 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.