Applications are invited for up to three high-level PhD scholarships to work on a long-term project investigating future risks associated with surface ocean warming: including impacts on climate, rainfall, carbon uptake, sea level, and ocean circulation. This includes impacts on the ocean’s thermohaline circulation, the large-scale lateral ocean circulation, and circulation associated with ocean-atmosphere modes such as the El Niño / Southern Oscillation (ENSO). This research project is supported by Professor Matthew England’s recently awarded ARC Laureate Fellowship. The project aims to quantify some of the most significant risks associated with ocean surface warming. This includes, in particular, the impacts of surface warming on climate modes such as ENSO and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), regional rainfall change, ocean carbon uptake, sea level rise and future ocean circulation.
This will include evaluating dynamical processes and coupled ocean-atmosphere feedback mechanisms in observations and within global climate models. Another area of interest is the impact of ocean warming on properties within the surface mixed layer and, in turn, the physics and vigor of the ocean’s thermohaline circulation.
The PhD scholarships are tenable for a period of up to 4 years, with the successful candidates able to shape a project to match their background, interests and expertise. Applicants should have a strong academic track record including an upper-level Honours Class I or equivalent. Honours graduates with a strong academic track record in physics and/or mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants who obtain an APA in either the current or future rounds may be awarded a top-up award to bring their total scholarship value to $35,000 per annum, with additional funds then available for project and travel support.
Applicants should send a full academic transcript, a short CV and an expression of interest to Stephen.Gray@unsw.edu.au
For further information, contact Matthew England on (61 2) 9385 7065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details of the CCRC, its research activities and staff can be viewed at www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au and http://web.science.unsw.edu.au/~matthew/
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