PhD, glaciology and paleoclimatology - Brussels, Belgium

In the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) DEEPICE project, the Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Department of Geosciences, Environment and Society, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, has a vacancy for an early-stage researcher (PhD student) in Climate Science to study the retrieval of the oldest paleoclimatic signal in basal ice.


The position is limited to three years. The starting date of the position is October 2021.

The candidate for this position can have any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date.

An ESR must, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. More information about eligibility and employment conditions can be found at:

The candidate will be employed by the Université of Bruxelles according to standard University rules, the gross monthly salary will be 3720 Euros. In addition, a monthly mobility allowance of ca. 600 Euros and, if applicable, a monthly family allowance of 500 Euros will be paid to DEEPICE early-stage researchers.

The PhD student will become part of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie in the Department of Geosciences, Environment and Society at the Université de Bruxelles.


Deeper parts of ice sheets have the potential to hold an important share of the paleoclimatic information, but processes operating at the bed are interfering with the recorded temporal sequence and basal ice properties.

This PhD project will shed light on the potential of recording the paleoclimatic signal in the basal ice. The project will consist in developing a new gas extraction system for discrete measurements of gas concentration (N2, O2, Ar, CO2, N2O, and CH4) and isotopes (CO2, N2O, CH4) in basal ice.

In addition, continuous high-resolution measurements of some chemical data from organic and inorganic particles will be performed by laser-induced plasma spectrometry, assembled and engineered on a robotic arm to operate in an ice-core repository. These new developments will be first tested on basal ice from the Alps and then on basal ice collected during deep drilling projects in Antarctica, including the upcoming Beyond-EPICA Oldest Ice Deep Drilling project.


DEEPICE is a research and training network on understanding deep ice core proxies to infer past Antarctic climate dynamics. It is funded by the EU HORIZON2020 program and consists of 10 academic partner organisations from 10 European countries plus nine collaborating institutions from academia and industry.

In total 15 early-stage researchers (PhD students) will be employed after a competitive recruitment process and work together within the European DEEPICE consortium.

Each early-stage researcher will be supervised by his/her local main supervisor and a co-supervisor within the consortium. For each of the early stage researcher positions, a recruitment panel adhering to strict gender equality and equal opportunity rules will be set up consisting of the two supervisors and a third DEEPICE representative.

Selection criteria will encompass the potential as researchers, creativity, level of independence, teamwork ability, knowledge, and communication experience and availability for the intended start date.


Interested students are asked to submit their application by 31 March 2021.

Please include a letter of motivation with a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, academic credentials, abstracts of the MSc and BSc theses and contact details of two academic referees and post to:

Prof. Francois Fripiat
Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Department Geosciences, Environment, Society
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Av. F.D. Roosevelt 50, CP160/03
1050 Brussels

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