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Two PhD positions available at the University of Waikato

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Fully-funded Ph.D. positions available at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.


The Coastal Marine Group at the University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand is seeking students for two 3-year, fully-funded, PhD projects examining the key drivers of environmental change in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand.  We are looking for students to start by the end of 2014/early 2015.


Project 1: The project will investigate dissolved nitrogen fluxes within Tauranga Harbour.  The project seeks to determine the relative magnitude of sources of DIN within the Harbour, the exchange of nutrients between harbour sub-regions, the groundwater and finally exchange to the surrounding shelf. These questions will be explored using a numerical hydrodynamic-water quality model and observational data acquired during field experiments.  The project will be supervised by Karin Bryan, and Isaac Santos (Southern Cross University, Australia), Christian Winter (University of Bremen, Germany) Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato). This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research Masters degree with demonstrated numerical skills and an understanding of coastal physical and biogeochemical processes.


Project 2: The objective of this project is to examine hydrodynamic controls on sedimentation within Tauranga Harbour. The student will use a combined numerical modelling and observational approach to elucidate the processes of sediment deposition, timescales for remobilisation and dispersal across different benthic environments.  The project will be supervised by Julia Mullarney, Karin Bryan, and Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato) and Tobias Moerz and Christian Winter (University of Bremen, Germany).  This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research Masters degree in physics, mathematics, oceanography, engineering or a closely-related field (demonstrated numerate skills).  Experience in running coastal hydrodynamic and sediment transport models is preferred.


Applicants for either project should also have demonstrated English language proficiency (if English is not your first language, TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted with your application if available).  Please indicate which project you are interested in. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Although based in New Zealand, successful applicants will be part of the international graduate school ‘INTERCOAST’ between the Universities of Waikato and Bremen, Germany. For more information on the programme see:



The projects are funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and relate to their requirement to develop harbour management strategies; therefore the project would suit someone who was interested in applying their knowledge to a practical problem.  Nevertheless, 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.



k.bryan@waikato.ac.nz, juliam@waikato.ac.nz,





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