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Investigating the environmental factors historic marine heat waves

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The project will identify historic marine heat waves from a large archive of high-resolution satellite sea surface temperature data and investigate the environmental factors causing them.The student will be based at the University of Auckland and working with a team from MetOcean, NIWA, and University of Otago. Scientific programming skills (Matlab or python) and experience in physical oceanography are highly desirable.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr Melissa Bowen (University of Auckland), Dr Rob Smith (University of Otago, Associate Professor Moninya Roughan (MetOcean), Dr Phil Sutton (NIWA) and is part of a multiinstitution project. The student will be expected to interact with other members of the wider team (including overseas collaborators) and contribute to programme workshops.


There will be opportunities for the candidate to submit and present their research at local and international conferences.


Applicants must have a research first-class Honours degree and/or a Masters degree in physics, applied maths, oceanography, earth or environmental science or similar with an equivalent A- or higher. The successful candidate will have evidence that they are proficient in written and spoken English.


The three year PhD scholarship includes full waiver of PhD course fees and a tax-free annual stipend matching the University of Auckland scholarships and research costs.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please email Dr Melissa Bowen with a full C.V. (including the contact details of at least one academic referee), English language proficiency documentation if needed and accompanying letter of application. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and discussion may begin immediately. We expect to review applications and appoint a candidate before 1st October, 2019.

Start date:

The successful candidate should be available to start in or before January, 2020.

More information:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Melissa Bowen ().

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