Alumni Opportunities

Everyone who comes to JIRP joins a close-knit community of like-minded scientists, mountaineers, field technicians, science policy-makers, teachers, medical professionals, and more. We’re keeping a running list of graduate school openings, jobs, and other opportunities that may interest you.

If you’re looking for an excited, motivated student or recent graduate to fill a position, email Program Manager Annie Boucher to post on this page.

Graduate School Openings

University of Idaho: Dr. Tim Bartholomaus (University of Idaho) does research in Glacier Dynamics. He is currently advising JIRP alumni Tristan Amaral (S‘14, ‘16) and Chris Miele (S‘16). Tim writes:

The Glaciers Dynamics lab at the University of Idaho seeks a curious, hard-working, quantitatively-oriented Ph.D. student to study tidewater glacier dynamics around the Greenland Ice Sheet.  Following Saturday’ssuccessful launch of ICESat-2, the successful applicant will draw on the satellite’s high spatial- and temporal-resolution elevation data to understand outlet glacier change.  Potential research targets include iceberg calving, ice-ocean interactions, crevassing, and glacier bed coupling.  The successful applicant will contribute to a NASA-funded project, co-led with Dr. Ginny Catania of the University of Texas, and will begin with at least three years of salary and tuition support as a research assistant.

Highly motivated candidates with backgrounds in geophysics, earth science, physics, mathematics, engineering, or other quantitative fields are encouraged to apply.  Programming experience with Python, R, Matlab, or similar is regarded well.  Our group values the diverse backgrounds of our members, and individuals identifying with groups underrepresented in the Earth Sciences are especially encouraged to apply.  Student support is available starting January 1, 2019, for which applicants are encouraged to apply by October 1, 2018.  However, start dates later in 2019 are possible, with later application deadlines. 

The University of Idaho, in Moscow, ID, is located in the northern panhandle of Idaho, in the picturesque, vibrant, walkable, small town of Moscow (population of 25,000;  UI has an enrollment of 12,000 students and is the state’s flagship research university.  Moscow features access to the mountains and rivers of the northern Rockies and a low cost of living.  Additional information about our group can be found at  Information about the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho, including how to apply, is here:  To learn more, please send a CV and short expression of interest to

ListServs + Groups

CryoList: CryoList is a public access email listserv for all things related to glacier and snow science. Note: We suggest going for the ‘daily digest’ option to keep your inbox less crowded.

Association of Polar Early-Career Scientists: APECS is a group for graduate students and early career polar scientists. They offer a wide range of job postings, trainings, and other resources for people interested in polar science. JIRPer Allen Pope (S ‘07, ‘12-’18 Academic Council) has been closely involved with APECS. Of particular interest are the APECS Career Resources.