PhD opportunity | Snow sintering in Antarctica
avalanche 2518679 1280The University Grenoble Alpes, France, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, are leading European Universities and active in research on extreme environments, in particular high mountains and the poles. As part of a joint research project, they are offering a PhD project on snow sintering in Antarctica.

Measuring and modelling important snow deposition processes and initial hardening will be your main responsibility. You will work on existing and new data sets from automatic weather stations, remote sensing, and the snow micropen device in order to develop an improved physical understanding of initial snow sintering after deposition.
This improved understanding will be used to parameterize snow hardening and densification in snow cover models such as SNOWPACK and to simulate snow deposition at diverse locations of the Antarctic ice sheet.

You will have to participate in at least one expedition to Antarctica to conduct your own measurements. Assisting in developing and maintaining a data platform on snow and weather data in polar and high-mountain regions is also a task of yours. In collaboration with international research partners, you will publish important research results in international scientific journals. In addition, you will participate in the supervision of students.

You hold a university degree in physics, natural sciences, or a related field, and have proven expertise of the processes occurring in snow and/or the atmospheric boundary layer. You bring solid analytical capacities and a good talent for organisation and communication. You enjoy working in a team that operates at the interface between science and practice.

The successful candidate will join a joint research project between the CRYOS group led by Dr. Michael Lehning and the IGE-UGA group led by Dr. Ghislain Picard.

Applications (CV, letter) should be sent to by 7th June. Interviews will be organized for the following week.