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Research Fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry

Are you an ambitious scientist looking for your next challenge? Do you have a PhD (or near to completion) in a quantitative subject, an interest in polar research and the skills to develop our satellite altimetry capability? 

The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) is seeking to recruit a research fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry, with emphasis on investigating historical and ongoing changes in the Arctic and Antarctica.

CPOM uses state-of-the-art Earth observation and modelling techniques to study the polar regions. The centre receives long-term strategic funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It also works closely with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and with the European Space Agency (ESA) on current and future satellite missions, including CryoSat-2, as well as many other national and international partners.The CPOM Directorate is based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, with researchers distributed across the UK.

In this role, you will lead a programme of sea ice altimetry research, focusing on measuring and monitoring the thickness and volume of historical and current sea ice in both hemispheres. This will involve exploiting recent developments in satellite radar altimetry and the resulting increase in the availability, volume, frequency and quality of Earth observation data.

Although based at the heart of the CPOM team in Leeds, you will work with scientists across our partner universities, including CPOM’s sea ice modelling team at the University of Reading.In addition, you will liaise with ESA, BAS, NOC, the UK Met Office and other institutions as appropriate to contribute to CPOM’s scientific objectives.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion ie the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application) in a relevant subject such as physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering. In addition, you will demonstrate an enthusiasm for scientific research and problem-solving, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as part of the wider CPOM team.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Andy Shepherd 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9014, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - Job share and flexible working will be considered for this post
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 March 2021 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Thursday 28 February 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 March 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 16 April 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1308
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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