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[Met-jobs] PhD opportunity in Sydney, Australia

From Sarah Perkins <>
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Date Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:31:57 +0000

Ph.D. vacancy in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for ClimateSystem Science at the University of New South Wales Climate Change ResearchCentre, Sydney Australia:


A comprehensive understanding of Australian heat waves: past, present and future.


Deadline: January 31st for international applicants, April 30th for domestic candidates (Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens).


PhD Scholarship (~$25 000 p/a, Australian Postgraduate  Award equivalent rate), or students successful in gaining an Australian government PhD scholarship will be eligible for a PhD  top-up  of $12 000 PA.


Applications are invited for a high-level PhD scholarship to work on a project investigating the drivers of observed Australian heatwaves, and their future projections from numerical climate models.


The frequency and duration of Australian heat waves is increasing. Existing theories include natural and human influences, however the relative roles of specific heat wave drivers are undefined. Using an ensemble of contemporaryclimate models from the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5), this project will determine the individual and combined roles of anthropogenic activities, natural forcings and internal variability that shape heat wave manifestation. Plausible future projections of heat waves will beascertained, based on the ability of models to simulate the appropriate mechanistic connections. This comprehensive analysis of past, present, and future changes in heat waves will provide essential resources for the adaptation, mitigation and preparedness towards such events.


The aims of this study are to:


1) Evaluating the ability of climate models simulate heat waves for the right physical reasons.

2) Differentiating between the anthropogenic and natural components behind observed changes in heatwaves.

3) Investigating the roles of internal climate drivers governed by synoptics and low frequency variability.

4) Exploring future projections of heat waves from climate models, using a range of scenarios forced with specified concentrations of anthropogenic emissions.


The PhD scholarship is tenable for a period of 3 years + 6 months extension (ifgranted), with the successful candidate able to mold the project to match their background, interests and expertise. Applicants should have a strong academic track record including an Honours Class I or equivalent. Honours graduates with a strong academic track record in physics and/or mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply. 


The AustralianResearch Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science is an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations.


Applicants should send a full academic transcript including details of the grading procedures at your university, a short CV, copies of any publications and an _expression_ of interest to Melissa Hart via For further information about the project, contact Sarah Perkins via



Dr. Sarah Perkins

Research Associate

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

Twitter: @sarahinscience

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