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Job advertisement 3.5-year PhD Scholarship in theory and modelling of ice-shelf disintegration

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3.5-year PhD Scholarship in theory and modelling of ice-shelf disintegration

3.5-year PhD Scholarship in theory and modelling of ice-shelf disintegration

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University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (120 THE 2019; 106 QS 2019; 137 ARWU 2019), and situated in the heart of one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities.

We are a member of the Group of Eight — a coalition of Australia’s most research-intensive institutions.

The Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment classified 67 of our research fields to be above world standard (the maximum rating), including all areas of mathematics and statistics.


Adelaide, Australia


Relevant divisions
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Ocean Sciences (OS)
Seismology (SM)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

AUD$28,092 (Indexed annually) per annum

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

4 March 2020

Job description

The Scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council to support a full time PhD student who will undertake research modelling ice shelf vibrations forced by ocean waves, following recent evidence that waves triggered the catastrophic ice shelf disintegrations around the Antarctic peninsula over the past two decades.

The following topics are available for the PhD project:

  • Coupled shelf vibration and rift propagation mathematical modelling.
  • 3D numerical modelling of shelf vibrations.
  • Matched asymptotic modelling of shelf vibrations.

The project is appropriate for those interested in dynamics, modelling and computation, and application to Antarctic science. Applicants should hold an Honours/Masters degree in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering or a related field. Programming skills in MatLab or equivalent are desirable.

You will be based at the University of Adelaide in the School of Mathematical Sciences, working under the supervision of A/Prof Luke Bennetts. The projects involve collaborations with experts in mathematical modelling and Antarctic science in Australia (including the Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology) and overseas (including Colorado, Harvard and Princeton). Funding is included for research stays with collaborators and to participate in domestic and international research conferences.