[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
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.
Dr Martin De Kauwe
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
Climate Change Research Centre
NSW 2052 Australia
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