Friday, May 23, 2008

PhD Position in Glaciology and Geophysics

PhD Position Available
Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment (LGGE)
University Joseph Fourier Grenoble
Grenoble, France

Application Deadline: Friday, 13 June 2008

For further information, please contact:
Hans-Werner Jacobi
Phone: +33-4-76-82-42-77
Fax: +33-4-76-82-42-01
Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environnement (UMR 5183)
54, Rue Moliere
38402 - Saint Martin d'Heres Cedex

The CNRS Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment at
Grenoble, France, invites applications for PhD candidates interested in
the effects of climate and snow cover change on chemical processes in
the snow cover. The candidates will work on an interdisciplinary project
examining the effects of chemical reactions in the snow on the
production of reactive trace gases, on the composition of the atmosphere
in snow-covered regions, and on the feedbacks between climate change and
the chemical processes in the snow cover. The graduate student will work
with Hans-Werner Jacobi and colleagues on the development of numerical
models of snow physics and chemistry, integration of a variety of field
measurements, and analysis of the impact of a changing climate on snow
pack properties and chemical reactivity of the snow pack. The candidate
will be integrated into a dynamic group working on subjects related to
snow physics and chemistry and the interaction between snow and the
atmosphere, enabling the candidate to draw upon experiences from related
research areas in a fruitful and inspiring working environment.

The student will have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research
within the climate change community. The project would be most suited to
students with a background in a quantitative science (e.g., chemistry,
physics, meteorology, geophysics, physical geography, or computer
science) with an interest in applying their expertise to climate change
research and numerical modeling. The project will involve mainly
computer simulation modeling. However, fieldwork within alpine and / or
polar regions can be arranged depending on funding and on the
candidate's interests. The department writes most of its own modeling
software, and general competency and willingness to work with computers
is essential. Experience with numerical modeling and data visualization
is highly desirable, but full training will be given in all aspects of
the project. The student must be willing to learn French.

The successful applicant will enroll at the PhD school "Earth, Universe,
Environment" at the University Joseph Fourier Grenoble and will be
affiliated to the Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the
Environment. The applicant should have a Master's or a corresponding
degree, including research training. Financial support will be provided
through a 3-year research grant funded by the French Ministry of Higher
Education and Research. The position is scheduled to begin 1 October
2008. General information on the doctoral school is available at:

Grenoble is a vivid and lively city in the heart of the French Alps.
Located between three different mountain ranges, Grenoble offers ample
opportunities for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities in winter
and summer. It is possible and practical to reach most parts of the
country using public transport.

To apply please send a one page statement of interest including a short
description of qualifications, CV, diplomas and transcripts, and a list
of all publications by Friday, 13 June 2008, to Hans-Werner Jacobi at
the address listed below.

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Hans-Werner Jacobi
Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environnement (UMR 5183)
54, Rue Moliere
38402 - Saint Martin d'Heres Cedex
Phone: +33-4-76-82-42-77
Fax: +33-4-76-82-42-01


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