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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Swansea University
  • Postdoctoral Researcher


Faculty of Science and Engineering


School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Closing Date


Salary: £32,411 to £36,333 per annum together with USS pension benefits
Contract: Fixed Term to 31/07/2025
Location: Singleton Campus, Swansea University.

Main Purpose of the Post

We have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics to join the Swansea Glaciology Group. The successful candidate will participate in multi-national fieldwork campaigns acquiring magnetotelluric data on the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, followed by data analysis, interpretation and publication of the results. This role is part of the GHOST Project ‘Geophysical Habitat of Subglacial Thwaites’, one of eight projects co-funded as part of The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the US National Science Foundation

The project is a collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, with a number of US institutes, including Penn State University, and with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. Candidates will have a PhD in geophysics, physics or equivalent physical science discipline, and have clear evidence of expertise in the pro-active planning and execution of magnetotelluric data acquisition, processing and analysis. They will also have evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit. Internal applicants

Applications from current Swansea University staff for a fixed term role who already hold a role within the University and wish to apply for this opportunity as a secondment, will require approval from their line manager and a signed Secondment request form prior to applying for this role. To access the Secondment request form and details of the University Secondment Policy, please visit Secondment Policy.

The approved secondment request form should be uploaded along with your CV into the recruitment system. The application will not be progressed without the submission of the approval form. Your application for this role will be reviewed in accordance with Swansea University recruitment procedures. If you have any questions, please contact your HR Business Partner.

Interviews will take place w/c 29/05/23

Informal enquiries: Prof. Bernd Kulessa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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