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PhD Opportunity- Interplay Between The Antarctic Ice-sheet, The Oceanic Circulation And Climate

PhD Opportunity- Interplay between the Antarctic ice-sheet, the oceanic circulation and climate

  • Full Time
  • Sydney

Website UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)

The size of the Antarctic ice-sheet (AIS) has varied significantly: from covering the Weddell and Ross Seas, today’s principal regions of bottom water formation during the last glacial maximum to losing most of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet thus leading to a ~6 m sea level rise during the Last Interglacial period. However, the processes leading to ice-sheet loss and the impact of AIS size on oceanic circulation and climate are poorly constrained. In the context of increased atmospheric CO2 content and retreating ice-sheets, it is thus crucial to understand the interplay between the Antarctic ice-sheet and climate. This project will quantify the impact of a varying AIS on oceanic circulation and climate using state of the art climate models.

The project is based at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia, under the supervision Dr. Laurie Menviel.

We are looking for expressions of interest from outstanding graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. Honours Class I or Masters by Research or equivalent). Graduates with a strong background in mathematics, physics, oceanography, climate science, engineering or similar quantitative sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming experience with (or willingness to learn) R, Python or similar language is essential. Please send a CV, copies of academic transcripts, details of at least two referees, and a statement of research interests to Laurie Menviel (, by August 18th 2020.

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