PhD studentship, oceans of New Zealand - NZ and Australia

A PhD studentship, to be held jointly at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand, in affiliation with the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, is being offered to study oceans around New Zealand.

Description

This research seeks to study the changing oceans around New Zealand, from pre-anthropogenic to modern times, using deep sea corals as a natural archive of ocean circulation and productivity.

New Zealand is bathed by the waters of the vast South Pacific Gyre, resulting in a strong gradient in ocean conditions. Nutrient-depleted subtropical waters from the North mix with nutrient-rich subpolar waters from the South stimulating vast phytoplankton blooms that sustain a rich fishery. However, these waters are changing: an acceleration of the gyre is driving regional climate change and impacting marine primary productivity.

This project will combine novel geochemical analysis of long-lived deep-sea corals from locations all around New Zealand with state-of-the-art ocean modeling to map New Zealand’s changing ocean dynamics from pre-industrial to modern times.

Requirements

A student is sought with skills in geochemistry and numerical analysis, and a background in oceanography or earth sciences. The student will gain experience in a range of cutting-edge geoanalytical techniques and working with global climate/ocean biogeochemical models. The studentship will support a stipend, fees and all research costs, including travel to Australia to train in radiocarbon analysis, and overseas conferences and workshops.

Applications

Review of applications will begin early January 2019, with interviews scheduled for the last week of January. To be guaranteed consideration, applications should be received by Monday 14 January 2019.

Applicants should apply to Dan Sinclair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), sending a cover letter that includes a statement of research experience/interests, contact details of three academic referees, a curriculum vitae and a copy of current academic transcript (certified transcripts will be requested of short-listed candidates).

Candidates attending the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting will have an opportunity to meet with Dan after his session (PP23B: Tuesday 11 December 13:40) or at his poster (PP33C-1738: Wednesday 12 December).

About the Institutions

VUW is a vibrant research-strong university ranked first in the country for research excellence in Geology/Earth Sciences. It hosts a world-class geoanalytical laboratory, and leverages its position as a Capital City university to forge strong linkages with New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes (including NIWA).

NIWA is New Zealand’s premier research organization for environmental and ocean sciences and hosts cutting edge stable isotope facilities and one of the world’s largest collections of deep-sea corals. Wellington is the cosmopolitan capital of New Zealand and boasts a beautiful natural setting, from a picturesque waterfront, beaches, rocky coastline and bush covered hills.

Further information

For more information, in the first instance, contact Dan Sinclair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other team members include: Di Tracey (NIWA) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Erik Behrens (NIWA) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Stewart Fallon (ANU) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)