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[Met-jobs] PhD Scholarship at UNSW (Oceanography/Applied Mathematics)

From Mark Holzer <>
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Date Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:11:28 +1100

PhD Scholarship at UNSW (Oceanography/Applied Mathematics)


A prestigious Scientia PhD scholarship is available on a competitive basis for the following research project at the University of New South Wales, Australia:


Changes in ocean ventilation: fundamental metrics from deconvolutions of hydrographic data and dynamical insight from high-resolution modeling


The student will perform cutting-edge research to quantify changes in ocean ventilation, which is the exchange of water between the surface and interior of the ocean. Ocean ventilation is a key factor in the carbon and energy balance of the climate system. How the ventilation of the ocean is changing in response to changes in atmospheric forcing is one of the most important questions in climate science.

This PhD project aims to unlock the information that changes in ocean ventilation imprint on observed tracers such as dissolved gases, nutrients, radiocarbon, temperature, and salinity. By applying novel inversion techniques to new hydrographic data collected under the international GO-SHIP initiative and to historical data from the 1990s and 2000s, decadal changes in ventilation and their effect on heat and carbon uptake will be quantified. To understand the dynamics driving the changes that the data analysis will reveal, the student will also have the opportunity to conduct and analyse numerical experiments with state-of-the-art ocean models.


The project will be supervised by Mark Holzer (UNSW) and Darryn Waugh (Johns Hopkins U and UNSW).  Interested applicants must email the supervisors ( by Nov. 11, 2016.  See also for additional information.  Up to two suitable applicants for this project will then complete a Scientia PhD application together with the supervisory team for submission to the Scientia selection process.  Students with some research experience after their undergraduate studies will be given priority.  The scholarship pays $40k per year for 4 years, with additional support for travel and career development of up to $10k per year.




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