Marine heatwaves on Australian weather

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

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

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

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Prof Neil Holbrook to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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