[ES_JOBS_NET] Two PhD positions available at the University of Waikato.

Julia Mullarney juliam at waikato.ac.nz
Tue Aug 26 03:02:12 MDT 2014

*Fully-funded Ph.D. positions available at the University of Waikato, New

The Coastal Marine Group at the University of Waikato in Hamilton New
Zealand is seeking students for two 3-year, fully-funded, PhD projects
examining the key drivers of environmental change in Tauranga Harbour, New
Zealand.  We are looking for students to start by the end of 2014/early

*Project 1:* The project will investigate dissolved nitrogen fluxes within
Tauranga Harbour.  The project seeks to determine the relative magnitude of
sources of DIN within the Harbour, the exchange of nutrients between
harbour sub-regions, the groundwater and finally exchange to the
surrounding shelf. These questions will be explored using a numerical
hydrodynamic-water quality model and observational data acquired during
field experiments.  The project will be supervised by Karin Bryan, and
Isaac Santos (Southern Cross University, Australia), Christian Winter
(University of Bremen, Germany) Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato).
This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research
Masters degree with demonstrated numerical skills and an understanding of
coastal physical and biogeochemical processes.

*Project 2:* The objective of this project is to examine hydrodynamic
controls on sedimentation within Tauranga Harbour. The student will use a
combined numerical modelling and observational approach to elucidate the
processes of sediment deposition, timescales for remobilisation and
dispersal across different benthic environments.  The project will be
supervised by Julia Mullarney, Karin Bryan, and Conrad Pilditch (University
of Waikato) and Tobias Moerz and Christian Winter (University of Bremen,
Germany).  This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or
research Masters degree in physics, mathematics, oceanography, engineering
or a closely-related field (demonstrated numerate skills).  Experience in
running coastal hydrodynamic and sediment transport models is preferred.

Applicants for either project should also have demonstrated English
language proficiency (if English is not your first language, TOEFL or IELTS
scores should be submitted with your application if available).  Please
indicate which project you are interested in. Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Although based in New Zealand, successful applicants will be part of the
international graduate school ‘INTERCOAST’ between the Universities of
Waikato and Bremen, Germany. For more information on the programme see:


The projects are funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and relate to
their requirement to develop harbour management strategies; therefore the
project would suit someone who was interested in applying their knowledge
to a practical problem.  Nevertheless, the group is committed to training
students that achieve high-level research outcomes through international
publication of their findings.  The student would join a vibrant group of
~15 PhD students and 6 staff, working and living near some of world’s most
beautiful landscapes.


k.bryan at waikato.ac.nz, juliam at waikato.ac.nz,


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