24 September 2021
About the research project
The seasonal evolution of the ocean-atmosphere exchange at the surface of the Southern Ocean gives rise to the formation, advection, deformation and melt of Antarctic sea ice. While observations are scarce, the existing measurements revealed substantial spatio-temporal variability in ice concentration and also ice thickness. Much of our information is based on passive-microwave derived two-dimensional measurements of the ice cover. More recently laser and radar altimetry have been supported on polar-orbiting satellites, opening possibilities to translate those into sea-ice freeboard and finally ice thickness.
This project will use remote sensing data from NASA’s ICESat-2 laser and ESA’s CryoSat-2 radar altimeter, and assess these together with in situ observations to derive the East Antarctic sea-ice thickness distribution. To do so, information on snow depth over the sea ice will also be quantified.
Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:
- a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
- a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
- a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.
As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.
The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.
Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.
The project is competitively assessed and awarded. Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College. Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.
Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:
- Strong quantitative skills
- Experience with handling large geophysical datasets
- Experience with programming languages, analysis and display software such as python, C++, Fortran, IDL, and Matlab
Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:
- Experience with remote sensing data
- Understanding of Southern Ocean physical processes and meteorology, particularly with respect to sea ice
- Background in fluid dynamics
There is a three-step application process:
- Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
- Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Stuart Corney, if you have any questions about the project; and
- Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
- Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
- As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.
Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.