[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD opportunity

Martin De Kauwe mdekauwe at gmail.com
Mon Sep 25 18:58:31 MDT 2017

Dear all*,*

Apologies for cross-posting, please forward this PhD opportunity to
potentially interested candidates ...

*“Examining the role of plant physiology in the amplification of heat
extremes” *

Climate models project an increase in the frequency, magnitude and
intensity of future heatwaves. However, plant responses to high
temperatures and drought effects on photosynthetic physiology, are poorly
constrained by data in models. Evaluation of land-atmosphere feedbacks have
largely ignored the role of the vegetation, limiting our capacity to
project the role of plants in heat extremes. Observations point to novel
responses by plants to water stress, responses not currently captured by
models. Similarly, the response of vegetation-atmosphere interactions to
increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is uncertain in
models. This PhD will translate the latest experimental insight into the
Australian climate modelling framework, examining the role of the
vegetation in predictions of past and future heatwaves in Australia. It
will use innovative science, woven with biophysics and high-performance

The project is based at the Climate Change Research Centre
<http://www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au/> (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales
(UNSW), Australia, under the supervision of Dr Martin De Kauwe
Andrew Pitman <http://www.climateextremes.org.au/andrew-j-pitman.html>
and Professor
Belinda Medlyn
Western Sydney University (WSU).

The successful candidate will become part of the Australian Research
Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
<http://www.climateextremes.org.au/>- an international research consortium
of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash
University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The
Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and
international Partner Organizations. The Centre provides excellent
opportunities for travel and graduate student development.

We are looking for expressions of interest from outstanding graduates with
a strong academic record including Honours Class I or equivalent. Graduates
with a strong background in plant ecophysiology, mathematics, physics,
mathematics, atmospheric science, engineering or similar quantitative
sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming experience with
fortran 90, Python or R, is desirable but not essential.

Questions may be directed to Martin De Kauwe (m.dekauwe at unsw.edu.au).
Expressions of interest including a CV, full academic transcript, and the
names of up to three academic referees should be sent to
arccss.grad at unsw.edu.au by October 3, 2017.

*Note:* this is not an official application, if your expression of interest
is accepted we will guide you through the application process.

Many thanks,

Dr Martin De Kauwe

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
Climate Change Research Centre
Room 462
UNSW Sydney
NSW 2052 Australia

e:  mdekauwe at gmail.com
t:  +61478096086
w: http://mdekauwe.github.io
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