Marine heatwaves on Australian weather

Marine heatwaves and compound events on Australian weather through the 21st Century

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



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About the research project

The project will investigate the influence of marine heatwaves and compound events on Australian region weather change through the 21st century.

The project is aligned with the goals of the recently funded ARC Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century (W21C), in which the first two listed supervisors are Chief Investigators:

The HDR project will take advantage of the best available high-resolution models to address the following objectives (questions):

  1. How will offshore-onshore marine heatwaves around Australia change through the 21st century?
  2. How will changes in ocean circulation and marine heatwave characteristics affect coastal weather systems including Australian east coast lows?
  3. How will compound events, including marine heatwaves, affect Australian region weather change through the 21st century?
  4. Can we characterise future Australian region weather and climate tipping points due to oceanic and compound event change?

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Neil Holbrook


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:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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 essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • First Class Honours (or equivalent), or Masters degree in physical oceanography, atmospheric science, physics or mathematics

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience with coding in MATLAB or python
  • Experience handling climate data in a Unix environment
  • Demonstrably strong quantitative skills (mathematics and physics background)

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 Neil Holbrook 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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