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[Met-jobs] PhD opportunities in climate science: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

From Melissa Hart <>
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Date Wed, 3 Dec 2014 05:39:22 +0000

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


Three PhD scholarships are available in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. <>


1. Dynamics, variability and change in the Southern Ocean: Changes in the Southern Ocean are linked with dramatic climate events, yet the associated dynamics are poorly understood. This project will determine the fundamental dynamic processes driving Southern Ocean flows, and diagnose impacts of recent and projected climate change. For more information contact Dr Paul Spence <> <>. 


2. Predictability of Climate Extremes:  Extreme temperature and precipitation events - such as heat waves, droughts and heavy rain - undergo substantial seasonal to decadal variability, but little is known about their predictability. This project will examine variability and predictability of these climatic extremes and associated mechanisms by incorporating decadal hindcast climate model simulations and observational datasets. For more information on this project please contact Dr Markus Donat <> <>.


3. Climate/carbon cycle interactions: During the last glacial/interglacial, there were several episodes of abrupt climate change. As part of this project numerical simulations with Earth System Models will be performed to better understand millennial to centennial changes in climate and their impact on the global carbon cycle.  For additional information about this project, please contact Dr. Laurie Menviel <> <>.


Students will become part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science- 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. The Centre provides opportunities for travel and graduate student development. <>.


The scholarships are funded at the rate of the Australian Postgraduate Award (currently $25849 per annum). Applicants must have a strong academic track record including an Honours Class I or equivalent. Graduates with a background in physics, mathematics, atmospheric science, oceanography or engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. 


Applicants must first send an _expression_ of interest to containing:

1. CV

2. Academic transcripts

3. Copies of any publications

4. A short statement of research interest clearly stating which project you are interested in.


If your _expression_ of interest is accepted you will then be encouraged to complete the official university application process.



Dr Melissa Hart

Graduate Director

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

The University of New South Wales

Sydney NSW 2052 Australia


Phone: + 61 2 9385 6263

Fax: +61 2 9385 8969 


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