[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD opportunity at UNSW, Sydney

Martin De Kauwe mdekauwe at gmail.com
Thu Jan 4 16:56:45 MST 2018

Dear friends and colleagues,

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

"Examining the role of plant physiology in the amplification of heat

   Climate models project an increase in the frequency, magnitude and
   duration 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 computing.

   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
   <https://mdekauwe.github.io/>, Professor 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, 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 should 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 the 22nd of January for international
   students and by the 16th of April for domestic students. 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

t:   +61293858481
m: +61478096086
w:  http://mdekauwe.github.io
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