May 2019
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[Met-jobs] PhD opportunity: Real-time attribution of extreme weather events in New Zealand

From Adrian McDonald <>
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Date Sat, 11 May 2019 05:27:13 +0000

Funding is available for a PhD scholarship as part of an exciting new research project on real-time attribution of extreme weather events over New Zealand (see for more information).


The PhD project will involve research on ways to optimally define large-scale boundary conditions and set up high-resolution regional model simulations, to create both factual (realistic) and counter-factual (no greenhouse gas increase) simulations. The simulations of these two alternatives are then used to help identify whether increases in greenhouse gases have impacted the probability of specific extreme events using large model ensembles. The candidate would also be involved in development of new techniques for attribution of climate change influences.


The successful candidate will be based at University of Canterbury in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences in New Zealand and will be supervised by climate research staff at Canterbury and Victoria Universities. There will also be interaction with scientists at NIWA, MetService, and Bodeker Scientific. The PhD position would ideally suit a student with a background in numerical modelling of weather or climate, and statistical data analysis in the earth sciences.


For further information or application enquiries, contact Professor Adrian McDonald by email at by 14th June 2019.




Prof. Adrian McDonald 

Director Gateway Antarctica

Professor School of Physical and Chemical Sciences,

University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800,

Christchurch, New Zealand

NEW Phone: +64 3 3692064, Ext 92064

Fax:   +64 (3) 364 2469



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