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Research Fellow - AR2918NK

University of St Andrews - School of Geography and Sustainable Development

Location: St Andrews
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024
Job Ref: 415896

Start Date: 1 May 2024 Fixed-term: 24 months Full-time: 36.25hrs per week

Applications are sought for a committed Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work with Dr Tun Jan (TJ) Young (SGSD, University of St Andrews) and Prof Poul Christoffersen (IMAS, University of Tasmania), as part of the NSF/NERC funded project ‘Thwaites InterdisciplinaryMargin Evolution’, one of eight projects forming the International Thwaites GlacierCollaboration. The focus of this post is to assess the stability of Thwaites Glacier, with an emphasis on the stability of its shear margins.    

The primary research duties will be to:

  • Characterise and assess the past and present stability of Thwaites Glacier, specifically its Eastern Shear Margin;
  • Conduct prognostic experiments to predict the response of the Thwaites Glacier to future climate change; and ·
  • Collaborate with and across other ITGC projects to advance process-based ice sheet modelling of the Thwaites Glacier catchment and the larger West Antarctic Ice Sheet. 

More broadly, the successful applicant will also be expected to:

  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings through publishing in highly ranked journals, as well as presenting their research at relevant conferences and workshops; and
  • Take on leadership opportunities that arise, and contribute to the collegiate life of the School, such as contributing to PhD supervision, committee membership, event organisation, and teaching assistance.     

The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in glaciology, geophysics, applied maths, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, or a relevant discipline. Expertise in numerical modelling, computational fluid dynamics, quantitative data science is highly desirable.  

The post is available for 24 months starting 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays
  • Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies
  • Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services
  • Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel
  • Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff/children of staff, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme and a range of wellbeing initiatives    

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to TJ Young (tjy1@st-andrews.ac.uk).   

Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.    

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter and Race Charters). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/    

Closing Date: 15 March 2024  

Please quote ref: AR2918NK                

Further Particulars: AR2918NK FPs.doc

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