Ph.D. Scholarship in Ice sheet modelling at Victoria

The Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is offering a FULLY FUNDED scholarship for an enthusiastic and talented Ph.D student to undertake numerical ice-sheet modelling research. Experiments will focus on better understanding and simulating the processes involved in ice-sheet – ocean interactions. Such processes determine the basal mass balance of marine-based ice-sheets such as the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and as such, control the pattern and timing of grounding-line migrations.

 Collaborating with scientists at a variety of New Zealand (VUW, GNS, NIWA) and Australian (UNSW, UTAS, AAD) institutions, the researcher will use present-day glaciological and oceanographic observations as primary constraints to a suite of model simulations that will explore the sensitivity of Antarctic ice-sheets to changes in ocean circulation. A key aspect of the project lies in trying to identify and quantify thresholds and feedback mechanisms that may either accelerate or inhibit ice-shelf melt. The ultimate aim of the project is to build on recent work to provide more robust simulations of ice-shelf and ice-sheet changes under future scenarios of perturbed atmospheric and oceanographic conditions.

 The research project will span a range of temporal and spatial scales, but will primarily use the Parallel Ice Sheet Model and will focus initially on the Ross Ice Shelf. The successful applicant may also have the opportunity to spend time in Antarctica acquiring new data.

Applicants must have a strong background in geophysics, maths or other numerical Earth Sciences. Experience working in a UNIX / Linux environment, including shell scripting, is essential. Programming abilities in any of the usual languages and experience with high-performance computing facilities would also be extremely useful.


We wish to have the successful applicant starting no later than July 2016, and therefore request completed applications by 18th December 2015.

 For details of the application process or to lodge an expression of interest, contact Dr. Nick Golledge ( as soon as possible.

NZ Sea Ice Symposium 2-3 February 2016 at the University of Canterbury

The NZ biennial sea ice symposium will take place at the University of Canterbury, Biology building, 2-3 February 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday).

The intention is that participants can attend the symposium by covering transportation to and from Christchurch and accommodation, and that catering will be provided at the venue.

The plan is to have a mix of presentations and discussion sessions over the two days. Part of the symposium will be devoted to discuss the kick-off of the Deep South National Science Challenge.

A call for abstracts will follow very soon and we will also ask for people to formally register their interest in attending at this time. A session will be devoted to showcase student work.

Any feedback regarding the format of the symposium will be greatly appreciated.

It is recommended to book accommodation as early as possible.

Suggested accommodation options:

There are also a number of other motels on Riccarton Road, close to the University.

Please forward to anyone you can think of is interested in the symposium.

All the best from Scott Base,

Wolfgang Rack

Senior Lecturer – Remote Sensing/Glaciology
Gateway Antarctica, Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research
University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph: +64 3 364 3166, mobile: 021 2511270