Research Fellow in Antarctic Seismology

University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment

United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Antarctic Seismology

Are you an ambitious seismologist looking for your next challenge? Could your experience play a part in predicting the evolution of Antarctica’s ice masses?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

We are seeking a Research Fellow with experience of seismic reflection analysis who will play a pivotal role in determining the seismic properties of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica. As a member of the , itself part of the Thwaites Glacier International Collaboration (ITGC), you will work closely with Dr Adam Booth to acquire, process and interpret seismic data from the shear margin of Thwaites Glacier. 

Understanding the seismic character of Thwaites’ shear margins, and the geological controls on their position, is a fundamental requirement for forecasting regional ice sheet evolution under warming climate scenarios. As part of the ITGC, you join a research network of over 60 scientists and students, combining the logistic capabilities of the USA’s National Science Foundation and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council.

Within this role, you will contribute to two field deployments (in 2021 and 2022) lasting up to 3 months each on Thwaites Glacier. The post involves data acquisition and analysis using the first nodal 3-D seismic surveys in Antarctica. These data will provide rich insight into the basal and englacial properties of the Thwaites shear margin. Using quantitative interpretation techniques, you will explore the variation of seismic reflectivity to determine the hydrological and anisotropic condition of this climate-sensitive site.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Geophysics with a proven background in seismic reflection analysis. You will also have experience of deploying seismic systems, and be able to undertake remote Antarctic deployments. An ability to conduct independent research and a developing publication record is also desirable. In addition, you will have excellent communication and teamworking skills. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Adam Booth, Associate Professor in Applied Geophysics

Telephone +44 (0)113 3439743, email


Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment

Category: Research

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Fixed-term for 2 years due to external funding)

Release Date: Friday 06 December 2019

Closing Date: Friday 07 February 2020

Reference: ENVEE1374

Downloads: Candidate Brief  

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