[CRYOLIST] Ph.D. position in Microwave Remote Sensing of Snow on Sea Ice and Oil in Ice at the University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba

Vishnu Nandan nandan87 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 11 18:33:34 PDT 2019

Dear Cryolisters,

*The Cryosphere Climate Research Group (CCRG) at the University of Calgary
and the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the University of
Manitoba, Canada* invite applications for an exciting and challenging *Ph.D.
position* focused on microwave remote sensing of snow-covered sea ice,
commencing September 2020. The Ph.D. student will be jointly supervised by
Prof. John Yackel (UCalgary) and Prof. David Barber (UManitoba). *The
candidate will be based at the CCRG at the University of Calgary in
Calgary, Canada.*

The focus of the research undertaken will be the utilization and
application of surface-based multi-frequency, high-resolution microwave
scatterometer remote sensing datasets for detection and characterization of
snow thickness on sea ice and oil contaminants on/in snow covered
first-year sea ice and associated thermodynamic processes over the annual
cycle. Controlled experiments and datasets for this Ph.D. position will be
conducted and collected at the *Oil in Sea Ice Mesocosm (OSIM), a core
component of the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO)*
http://umanitoba.ca/ceos/research/CMO.html, which will be a globally
unique, highly innovative, multidisciplinary research facility located
in *Churchill,
Manitoba*, adjacent to Canada’s only Arctic deep-water port. OSIM will
consist of two saltwater sub-pools designed to simultaneously accommodate
contaminated and control experiments on various scenarios snow covered sea
ice and oil spills in sea ice. OSIM is set to open in late 2020. Emphasis
is placed on utilizing a suite of active microwave frequencies (Ku-, X, C
and L-band) using the suite of scatterometers to assess each of their
frequency-dependent penetration depths as a function of changing snow
thermophysical properties and to assess critical timings associated with
the thermodynamic evolution of sea ice during the spring-summer seasonal
cycle, when oil contaminants are present.

The overarching objective for this Ph.D. studentship will be focused around
(1) development of a robust multi-frequency methodology for estimating snow
thickness on seasonal sea ice (2) detecting and characterizing oil in
snow-covered sea ice from multi-frequency microwave remote sensing and (3)
provide ‘up-scaling’ estimates of (1) using multi-frequency polarimetric
spaceborne SAR data (ie. RADARSAT-2, RCM, Sentinel-1A/B, Cosmo SkyMed,

*Project Details:*

ü  Student funding will be comprised of a combination of Department
teaching Assistantships and supervisor supplemented top-ups, overall valued
at a minimum of $25,000 (CAD) per year for each of 4 years.

ü  You will join our dynamic and successful CCRG and CEOS research teams
that involve Arctic researchers and a large, collaborative team of sea ice
scientists specializing in microwave remote sensing of snow-covered sea ice.

ü  At a minimum, you will be working extensively (numerous weeks at a time)
at CMO in Churchill for the first 3 years of your program involved in the
set-up and operation of the scatterometer systems.

*Eligibility and Requirements:*

ü  Ideally, we are seeking Master’s students having recently completed or
nearing completion of their degree. The preferred candidate will hold or
nearing completion of a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering,
Geography, Geomatics Engineering, Earth or Environmental Science,
Geophysics or related discipline or combination thereof.

ü  Demonstrable experience in working with space-borne SAR and/or
scatterometer datasets with specialization in scatterometry and/or
Polarimetric SAR and snow and/or sea ice being a distinct advantage.

ü  Demonstrated experience in producing peer-reviewed publications is an

ü  Programming experience in either R, Python, IDL or MATLAB is desirable.

ü  Previous knowledge in using SAR datasets for sea ice applications is an

ü  You have an entering GPA of at least 3.6 on the 4-point scale (or
equivalent) in your last two years of study.

ü  You are scientifically curious, driven and self-motivated, and have
technical aptitude.

ü  You have experience in undertaking field research or are interested in
conducting field research and working in the Arctic and/or on sea ice at
the OSIM.

*Application Process:*

Submit by the application deadline (*05/01/2020*) as a combined PDF file *via
email*, a letter of interest, an up-to-date CV, up-to-date academic
transcripts from all previous degrees and contact information for two
referees most familiar with your work to:

Prof. John Yackel

Cryosphere Climate Research Group

Department of Geography

Earth Sciences 356, 2500 University Dr. N.W.

University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

yackel at ucalgary.ca

 *                                               Application Deadline**:
 5th January 2020*

You are strongly encouraged to review the research profiles of Dr. Yackel
https://geog.ucalgary.ca/profiles/john-yackel  and Dr. Barber

You may direct any initial questions to Dr. John Yackel yackel at ucalgary.ca

The *University of Calgary* has a clear strategic direction to become one
of Canada's top five research universities by 2022, where innovative
teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully
engage the communities, we both serve and lead. The strategy is called
Energizing Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to 'I
will lift up my eyes'. We are increasing our scholarly capacity by
investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and
brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances
that matter to everyone. For additional information about the University of
Calgary see: http://www.ucalgary.ca/, the Dept. of Geography see:

The *University of Manitoba* is strongly committed to equity and diversity
within its community and especially welcomes applications from women,
racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with
disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others
who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and
permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials,
including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the
protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). For additional information about the
University of Manitoba see: http://www.umanitoba.ca/ and CEOS see:

On behalf of Prof. John Yackel and Prof. David Barber

Kind Regards

Dr. Vishnu Nandan

Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Manitoba
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