INSTITUTION: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Science
POSITION: Post-doc Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in Department of Hydrology and hydrodynamics
DISCIPLINE: Earth sciences, geophysics
KEYWORDS: Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Arctic
The candidate will join the group implementing the project NCN SONATA BIS No. 2020/38 / E / ST10 / 00139 “Applied remote sensing and geophysical imaging in recognition of the changes of the water balance in High Arctic catchments “. The project is scheduled for 48 months. The planned research includes, inter alia:
- A comprehensive water balance study in two High Arctic mountainous catchments located in Svalbard to investigate the heterogeneity in the cryo-hydro-meteorological conditions and their seasonal dynamics.
- Acquisition, processing and analysis of hydrometeorological time series in-situ and remote measurements (GPS and UAV) of runoff, precipitation gradient, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, glacier mass balance, snow cover, ground temperature, and groundwater level.
- Analyses of the effect of the added value of new time series (evaporation, precipitation gradient, soil moisture, groundwater) on the simulation results of hydrological models (reduction of simulation uncertainty).
- Investigation and modeling relationships between permafrost and hydrology to understand the dynamics of the cryo-hydro-geological system in the mountainous catchments.
- Preparing, organizing and conducting field experiments in the Svalbard region, processing the acquired data.
- Preparation or contribution to the publication of papers in JCR journals and conference presentations.
- PhD in Earth sciences or related sciences obtained maximum 7 years before starting work on the project. It is allowed to submit applications by persons who obtain a doctoral degree before the date of commencement of work;
- The candidate should have knowledge on permafrost and hydrology and will be expected to work partially in the Arctic.
- The ideal candidate should be familiar with hydrological measurements, remote sensing methods, geophysical methods, statistical data analysis, and be familiar with programming (MATLAB, R, Python) and GIS (e.g. ArcGIS).
- Experience in hydrogeological modelling and/or modelling of perennial permafrost and/or cryo-hydro-geological modeling (eg CryoGRID 3, ATS);
- Fluent English enabling the presentation of results at international conferences, communication, reading and writing scientific papers.
- Outstanding scientific achievements;
- Motivation for scientific work.
Conditions of employment:
- The amount of funds for employment is PLN 10,000 gross / month (which is approximately PLN 6,000 net)
- Stage dimension: full time
- Employment period – 48 months
- Employment is planned from 01/10/2021
- According to the NCN conditions, during the employment period, a post-doc may not receive any other remuneration from the NCN funds
The project is financed under the NCN SONATA BIS competition no. “Applied remote sensing and geophysical imaging in recognition of the changes of the water balance in High Arctic catchments”. The project is scheduled for 48 months.
The main objective of the project is a comprehensive water balance study in two High Arctic mountainous catchments located in Svalbard to investigate the heterogeneity in the cryo-hydro-meteorological conditions and their seasonal dynamics.
Such complex investigation will be achieved by interdisciplinary approach:
- Investigation of water balance in each catchment taking into account new measurements of runoff, precipitation gradient, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, glacier mass balance, snow cover, ground temperature, and groundwater.
- Analyses of hydro-meteorological time series using in-situ and remote measurements (GPR and UAV), to recognize the dynamics of hydrological and topoclimatological processes at a range of temporal scales in different sites.
- Analyses of the added value of new time series (evaporation, precipitation, soil moisture, groundwater) on the constraining hydrological models to limit uncertainty of simulations.
We propose an integrated approach taking into account the freeze-thaw cycles of water in the soil, to describe and model hydrological processes. These cycles influence river discharge by changing the hydraulic properties of the soil and by either contributing to or preventing infiltration. It is planned to use cryo-hydro-geological models for a better understanding of processes linking hydrology and permafrost under varying climatic conditions for the first time in Svalbard. In particular, we would like to analyse (i) an influence of active layer thickness on the surface and near-surface water storage, drainage, and routing; (ii) test the effect of surface water, soil moisture, and groundwater on permafrost distribution and degradation; (iii) analyse how active layer thickness changes in the past have altered observed discharge patterns; (iv) and how future permafrost degradation will influence the hydrological regime.
The work will be carried out under the supervision of:
- Document certifying that the PhD degree was awarded
- Motivation letter
- information on scientific achievements (including a list of publications), awards and scientific internships
- electronic versions of the two most important publications (or typescripts of unpublished works) which the candidate considers to be representative of his / her scientific output;
- two letters of recommendation;
- Other documents relevant to the case
Form of offers:
Application documents should be sent (date of receipt) until 298.08.2021 to the email address: [email protected]
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