Frontal variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

24 September 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) plays a major role in regulating the transport of heat between the lower latitudes and Antarctica and in and out of the ocean depths. The ACC has multiple substructures and fronts. Over the last decades, several studies have investigated the variability and shifts of these fronts with variable answers. Some studies reported large southward shifts of the fronts by using reference dynamic topographic levels as proxy to frontal position other studies find no significant shifts.

This project will investigate the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current variability and change circumpolar-wise over the last few decades. The objectives are to update and improve the monitoring of the ACC fronts to better characterize the changes and the drivers of these changes.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Annie Foppert

Funding

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.

Eligibility

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.

Selection Criteria

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 background in Mathematics and Physics. Matlab or Python coding and shell scripting experience.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Ocean dynamics, datasets analysis, ease with heavily computing based work.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Annie Foppert, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. 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.

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