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

From Gilles Bellon <>
Date Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:16:34 +1300

Vacancy: 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 to investigate tropical low clouds within a project funded by the prestigious Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Tropical low clouds are poorly simulated in climate models and they have been identified as one of the largest source of uncertainty in projections of the future climate. The project aims at better understanding the factors that control low clouds in the tropics, using observations and cloud-resolving modelling, to implement a better representation of cloud processes in climate models. The selected PhD candidate will be responsible for analyzing satellite observations of clouds in conjunction with other meteorological datasets to understand the behaviour of clouds and cloud scenes, and will participate to the modelling tasks using high-resolution, cloud-resolving simulations to understand the physical processes that explain the observed patterns.

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 climate physics group in the department of physics addresses a range of scientific questions (see <>) and collaborates actively with other groups at the University and beyond.

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, as well as payed teaching opportunities.

Please contact Gilles Bellon ( and Tra Dinh ( for more information or to send an application. Applicants will require a strong Honours or Masters degree in a physical-science discipline, such as atmospheric sciences, meteorology, oceanography, physics or geophysics, 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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