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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Who We Are

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation's number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering's mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering: https://www.engin.umich.edu/culture/diversity-equity-inclusion/


  • Develop and improve numerical models of ice sheet dynamics, including novel ice rheologies, ice sheet instabilities, and solid-earth feedback.
  • Analyze model outputs and compare them with field observations, paleo-proxy data, and satellite data to assess model accuracy.
  • Collaborate with other scientists to integrate ice sheet models into larger Earth System Models.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present research at national and international conferences.
  • Provide mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students working on related research projects.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in glaciology, climate science, physics, geophysics or a related field.
  • Two or more years of postdoctoral work in ice sheet dynamics.
  • Demonstrated expertise in numerical modeling of ice sheet dynamics, including ice rheology and ice sheet instabilities.
  • Strong programming skills in languages such as Fortran, C++, or Python.
  • Experience working with high-performance computing resources.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to communicate scientific findings effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in solid-earth feedbacks and paleo ice sheet reconstruction.
  • Experience in mentoring students or working in a collaborative research environment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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