We welcome enquiries from potential Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Assistants and those seeking to undertake Doctoral (PhD) or Masters (MSc) research across the broad and interdisciplinary arena of Cryosphere and Climate Change research.

Typically, there are two routes to obtaining a funded position:

  1. Applying for a pre-funded research position / degree programme.

    When funded positions are available, they will be posted on this page. Typically, funded studentships to start in October will be advertised between February and May, although there can be exceptions to this timescale. We encourage prospective applicants to contact us, any time, for up-to-date information on potential projects and project-specific funding opportunities.
  2. Applicant generates his/her own funding for research position / programme.

    We always welcome enquiries from prospective postdocs and graduate students interested in developing new projects within the remit of Cryosphere and Climate Change research. Organisations which offer funding possibilities include: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); University of Aberdeen College of Physical Sciences; Leverhulme Trust; Royal Society (of London); Royal Society of Edinburgh; Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

If you are interested in joining our group, we recommend you check out some of these funding possibilities, take a look around our Projects and People pages, and then contact us to discuss matters further.

Research Assistant position open for application

Lead supervisor: Dr. Iestyn Barr; Co-supervisor: Prof. Matteo Spagnolo

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 15 months, and is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant (‘Using glaciers to identify, monitor, and predict volcanic activity'). The deadline of application is 16 December 2021. Please visit the position webpage for further details and instructions.

Ph.D. positions open for application

Comparative glaciology: reconstructing glaciers on Earth and Mars to understand landscape evolution with respect to climate change

Lead supervisor: Dr. Lydia Sam

For both Earth and Mars the geomorphological signature required for reconstructing the former extent of an ice mass, are ice-marginal landforms such as moraines and trimlines. This geomorphological evidence will then be used to determine the glacier’s maximum extent. Coupling this with differences in elevation between the current surface and theoretically reconstructed palaeo-glacier surfaces will reveal the glacier volume lost.

Reconstructing Martian glacial history informs understanding of its physical environment and past climate. This project will improve our understanding of several important research questions such as (i) how was the present-day Martian landscape formed and how might it further evolve in the future?, (ii) What might be the presence and phase state of H2O on/close to Mars’ surface?, and (iii) how has the Martian climate changed in geologically recent history.

If you are interested, please visit the position website for further details, Funding and eligibility and How to Apply webpages for full guidance.

Development of a land surface temperature index glacio-hydrological model

Lead supervisor: Dr. Shaktiman Singh

The long-term discharge and mass balance of glaciers are critical information required to fully understand the implications of changing climate in this climate-sensitive region. We will be using an already existing glacio-hydrological model and modify it to use spatially continuous land surface temperature instead of air temperature and subsequently calibrate and validate the model outputs against the field data. The model will take inputs from downscaled and bias-corrected climate data from a reanalysis data for long-term outputs. Other inputs like glacier and land use/land cover will be mapped to provide the initial boundary conditions for the model. The project will involve two field campaigns to the study area during the first and second years of the project.

If you are interested, please visit the position website for further details, Funding and eligibility and How to Apply webpages for full guidance.

Mapping and measuring glacier mass balance: developing a best practice approach for understanding glacier change

Lead supervisor: Prof. Brice Rea

Understanding the current and future “health” of glaciers and icecaps globally is an important scientific goal in our warming climate. Glaciers and ice caps have been and will continue to be, for several decades to come, important contributors to sea level rise. Additionally, in many countries they are vital to the provision of water resources, especially in the dry season, which is used for human consumption, agriculture, industry and hydropower. While in other countries they are also significant for tourism and recreation, at least at the local and regional level. Large banks of satellite imagery are now freely available and are being widely used to assess the state of glaciers, via repeat surveys, DEM differencing and end-of-season snowline (ESS) mapping. This approach is especially appealing as it can be implemented globally and automation methods applied to image classification have the potential to reduce labour intensity of the work, offering the potential for generation of annual or even sub-annual timeseries.

If you are interested, please visit the position website for further details, Funding and eligibility and How to Apply webpages for full guidance.

Supraglacial ponding in the Indian Himalaya: a population-scale spatiotemporal analysis

Lead supervisor: Dr. Anshuman Bhardwaj

Runoff from the Himalayan glaciers serves as a vital freshwater resource for one of the most populated regions globally. Majority of these glaciers are heavily debris-covered and the debris-covered parts display associated supraglacial ponds (SGPs) whose hydrological buffering roles remain unconstrained. Nearly all of the SGP research has been carried out on a few selected Nepalese glaciers. The Indian Himalaya is an interesting target region for furthering such research because of its geographic extent which allows investigation across all three predominant glacier-climate regimes in this region, i.e., monsoon-dominated, westerly-dominated, and precipitation-transition zone. Interestingly, a population-scale analyses of SGPs in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is completely missing and through this project, we plan to target this research gap. We aim to perform these analyses for selected glacierised basins within all the three climate regimes of the IHR, for which sufficient glacio-hydrological, climatic, and remote sensing datasets are available.

If you are interested, please visit the position website for further details, Funding and eligibility and How to Apply webpages for full guidance.