The Coastal Marine Group at the University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand is seeking a student for a 3-year, fully-funded, PhD project starting as soon as possible. The objective of the project is to study the turbulent water flows that shape mangrove swamps. We will examine possible correlations between patterns in water flows, sediments, vegetation, water temperature, and bathymetry. The project will have 2 components: (1) field experiments in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, to measure flows and turbulence at high resolution and (2) refinement of an existing numerical model for the interacting dynamics of vegetation, water flows, and bathymetry.
This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research Masters degree preferably in physics, mathematics, oceanography, engineering or a closely related field. Other desirable characteristics include oceanographic field experience and knowledge of coastal processes. English language proficiency is essential.
The project will form part of an Office of Naval Research Departmental Research Initiative and will involve significant interaction with collaborator Associate Professor Stephen Henderson (Washington State University, USA) and a large team of international observational and modelling investigators. The project will be supervised by Dr Julia Mullarney and Associate Professor Karin Bryan. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, official transcripts, names and contact details for three references, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores if available, and any previous publications/posters to Julia Mullarney (firstname.lastname@example.org
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.