A new European network of young researchers to unveil past climate changes in Antarctica

A new European network of young researchers to unveil past climate changes in Antarctica

11 October 2021

A network of international researchers launches a European collaboration on October 14th 2021. This collaboration will train a new generation of scientists to understand how past climate changes impacted Antarctica

The new European innovative research and training network “DEEPICE” aims to equip the next generation of scientists with a solid background in ice core-related climate science, with a particular focus on Antarctica. This project will also tackle major technological and scientific challenges in order to optimally exploit the Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice Core that will be extracted by a large European team in Antarctica in the coming years, to recover up to 1. 5 million years. Ultimately, these initiatives will answer key questions about large climate shifts that Earth faced in the past, and their impacts on the Antarctic ice sheet.

Climate changes in Antarctica may have important consequences for our society, as these may impact future global sea level due to the large volume of fresh water stored in the ice sheet. Hence, on the eve of the next Conference of the Parties (COP26), understanding climate changes and the vulnerability of the Antarctic ice sheet is a priority issue more than it ever has been before. As younger generations will inherit a planet that will look much different to today, they need to receive appropriate information to help them take actions in confronting one of the largest environmental crisis humanity is facing. Not only will DEEPICE prepare a network of young climate scientists, but it will also give them the much-needed skills to efficiently communicate the issue of climate change with the general public.

Through the PhD projects of 15 fellows, the new program will prepare the tools for optimal use of the very old ice core, developing cutting-edge instrumental techniques, state-of-the-art statistical tools for signal reconstruction and coupled climate models. These outputs will directly contribute to better understanding past processes in the climate system and, thus, improving prognoses for the future. This European network will also offer unique links with many non-academic partners that will provide these young scientists with the extended skill-set now required for pursuing academic and non-academic careers.

 Climate change is a major challenge for society today. New generations must be given the best tools to meet this challenge.

Dr Amaëlle Landais

Research director at the Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment (LSCE) and the lead coordinator of the DEEPICE network, CNRS

The study of past climate is key to understanding the way our climate system works and how it might change in the future.

Dr Emilie Capron

Research scientist at the Institute of Environmental Geosciences (IGE) and the co-coordinator of DEEPICE, CNRS

The quest for Oldest Ice is one of the most intriguing and enigmatic challenges in the field of climate sciences. To tackle it, we need the best young talented scientists.

Prof. Carlo Barbante

Leader of the BE-OI project, University of Venice

A new Antarctic deep ice core will be drilled at the Little Dome C site in the coming years and optimal tools will be developed in the quest to unlock the climate and environmental secrets of the oldest ice (Credits: BAS).

DEEPICE Kick-off meeting: 14-15 October 2021

DEEPICE Kick-off meeting: 14-15 October 2021

DEEPICE will organise its kick-off meeting in the Paris Region on the 14th and 15th of October 2021. The new network of early stage researchers will meet for the first at this occasion.

More information coming soon.

Only a few days left to apply to DEEPICE PhD positions !

Only a few days left to apply to DEEPICE PhD positions !

Applications are still open for 12 out of 15 DEEPICE PhD projects.

There are only a few days left to apply. If you are interested to take part of this exciting project, do not hesitate to submit your application as soon as possible!

Deadlines for applying:

ESR 3 : 31st of March 2021

ESR 4 : 31 st of March 2021

ESR 5 : 31 st of March 2021

ESR 7 : 30th of April 2021

ESR 8 : 31st of March 2021

ESR 9 : 31st of March 2021

ESR 10 : 1st of April 2021

ESR 11 : 31st of March 2021

ESR 12 : 30th of April 2021

ESR 13 : 28th of March 2021

ESR 14 : 5th of April 2021

ESR 15 : 1st of April 2021

To know more about the 15 PhD positions we offer, visit the PhD projects page.

DEEPICE : Call for 15 fully funded PhD positions in ice core-related science

DEEPICE : Call for 15 fully funded PhD positions in ice core-related science

DEEPICE project has officially started on the 1st of January 2021 – recruitement period now opened!

The recruitment period is now opened and we are looking for 15 early-stage researches to join this exciting project!

To know more about the 15 PhD positions we offer, visit the PhD projects page.

DEEPICE aims to train a new generation of scientists working on issues related to past climate change in Antarctica by taking advantage of the unique scientific dynamic of the on-going EU H2020 “Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice Core” project (2019-2025) which aims at extracting a 1.5 million years old ice core in Antarctica.

DEEPICE consortiums gathers complementary expertise in basic techniques and instrumentation in ice core and snow science, statistics as well as glaciological and climatic modeling. Not only the ESRs will acquire essential core skills in these scientific and technical fields, but they will also develop a wide range of soft skills (e. g. communication and outreach, team-building, networking, management skills) fostering their career perspectives. Thus, after having completed the DEEPICE research and training programs, the 15 ESRs will be fully equipped for engaging in academic and non-academic careers related to glaciology, climate change, geophysics and instrumentation in geosciences.

Conditions for applying

The candidates applying for these positions can have any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date in the country of the institution where they apply.

Besides, to be eligible, the candidates must, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a title of PhD.

DEEPICE is a Horizon 2020 project, part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Network (ITN)

More information on MSCA-ITN programme can be found here.