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Research Fellow in Sea Ice Altimetry Modelling 

Fixed term until 31 March 2019, available from 1 October 2016 

The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow in satellite radar altimetry, with emphasis on investigating historical and ongoing changes in Arctic sea ice. 

CPOM provides the UK with core strategic research in the exploitation of satellite measurements to study the Earth’s cryosphere.  The CPOM Directorate is based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, with researchers distributed around 4 universities across the UK.  The centre receives long-term strategic funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, and works in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), and the UK Met Office.   It also works closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) on current and future satellite missions, including CryoSat-2. 

CPOM uses state-of-the-art Earth observation techniques in its research, including satellite radar altimetry.  The primary focus of our altimetry work is the assessment of Arctic sea ice elevation, thickness, and volume trends, using CryoSat-2 data. The data are of considerable scientific and societal value, and are promoted through the CPOM near real time data portal ( 

In this role, you will make a valuable contribution to our sea ice research, focusing on measuring and monitoring the thickness and volume of historical and current Arctic sea data.  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 the European Space Agency (ESA), British Antarctic Survey (BAS), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the UK Met Office and other institutions as appropriate to contribute to CPOM’s scientific objectives.   

You will have, or be near to having, a PhD in physics, geophysics, mathematics or a related subject. 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. 

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Faculty of Environment holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). We are proud of our commitment to equality and inclusiveness. 

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here 

University Grade 7 (£31,656 - £37,768 p.a.) 

Informal enquiries may be made to the CPOM Director, Professor Andy Shepherd, tel: +44 (0)113 343 9014, email: a.shepherd(at) 

Closing Date: 11 September 2016 

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