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[Met-jobs] PhD opportunity in atmospheric sciences at the University of Auckland (New Zealand)

From Gilles Bellon <>
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Date Sat, 21 May 2016 07:25:46 +0000

Can you please post the ad below?

Gilles Bellon

PhD position in atmospheric sciences at the University of Auckland (New Zealand)

The Department of Physics at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) is seeking applications for a PhD fellowship starting in late 2015/early
2016 to investigate tropical atmospheric variability on diurnal to intraseasonal scales on tropical islands, in terms of precipitation and circulation. Freshwater supply on tropical islands faces risks due to
climate change, such as the salinization of the freshwater lens associated with the rise in sea level, or perturbations associated with a change in precipitation (insufficient recharge in case of droughts, pollution in case of extreme rainfall events). Understanding the precipitation over tropical islands is still a challenge. Tropical islands witness more precipitation than the surrounding oceans. Multiple factor explain this contrast, including the topography and effects of the diurnal cycle of insolation such as the land-sea breezes. The respective roles of the different factors are still to be quantified. 
Rainfall over islands is also modulated by the larger-scale variability of the tropical climate, on time scales of a few weeks to a few years. The project aims at better understanding the factors that control precipitation over tropical islands and its variability at diurnal to intraseasonal scales, using observations and both cloud-resolving and idealized models.

The University of Auckland is the most highly rated University in New Zealand, and Auckland is consistently rated as one of the world's top 10 most liveable cities. The tax-free stipend will be $27,000 NZD per year
for three years and all tuition fees will be covered. Travel opportunities will be available, including collaboration visits where appropriate. Both projects will be contributing to international collaborative initiatives.

Please contact Gilles Bellon ( for more information or to send an application. Applicants will require a strong Honours or Masters degree in a physical sciences discipline and an
excellent command of English. They will need to meet the requirements of the University of Auckland’s PhD programme
A good command of mathematics and programming would be an advantage. Applications should include a CV, copies of academic transcripts, a brief (1 page maximum) statement of research experience and aspirations, and the names of at least two people who can provide personal letters of reference.

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