GIA in the Denman Glacier region

Glacial Isostatic Adjustment in the Denman Glacier region, East Antarctica

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The Earth continues to deform following past changes in glacial loading and unloading, notably since the Last Glacial Maximum. The Denman Glacier region shows surprisingly low rates of present-day uplift and this is yet to be explained by models of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA), the ongoing response of the solid Earth to ice-ocean loading changes. This gap in knowledge affects estimates of present-day ice mass change (and hence sea-level change) as GIA is an essential correction to satellite datasets of ice-sheet change.

This project will focus on modelling the deformation of the Denman Glacier region based on new ice history and relative sea-level data, new GPS bedrock velocities, and numerical models of glacial isostatic adjustment and sea-level processes.

The project will focus on creating three-dimensional reconstructions of ice history, with a focus on the late Holocene and using these as inputs into models of GIA, and then comparing these models to RSL and GPS observations from the region. The outputs of the project are an improved model of GIA for this region, validated by independent data, and new estimates of present-day ice-mass change by applying the new model to satellite datasets.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Matt King


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • 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.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • International applicants will need at least one publication in a good quality international peer-reviewed journal to be competitive for a scholarship. English language requirements are explained on the English Language Requirements page

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Quantitative Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geodesy (not Surveying or GIS)

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.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience modelling solid Earth deformation and/or knowledge of ice sheet models

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Matt King to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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