The CLEX node at University of Melbourne is offering several PhD scholarships on a competitive basis. Details of how to apply are at the bottom of this page. Immediately below are some example projects offered by our researchers:

Prof Craig H Bishop
Room 449 McCoy Building.
craig.bishop@unimelb.edu.au

  • Data Assimilation (DA) –  process of using observations and models to estimate a distribution of possible environmental model states and/or model parameters that are consistent with the observational information. Fundamental to improving weather and climate forecasts.
  • Ensemble forecasting – predicting the distribution of future possible states from a collection or ensemble of environmental model forecasts using information about the errors in model initial conditions and the model evolution. Essential to long range and probabilistic prediction.
  • Dynamics – understanding why the atmosphere appears and evolves as it does. Helps guides strategies to improve data assimilation, numerical model development and observational network design.
  • Predictability refers to our ability to use an estimate of the current state of a system to predict its future state. Research in this area requires a good understanding of data assimilation, ensemble forecasting and dynamics. Central questions in predictability research include “How much more predictability could be gained by improving the observational network and/or the data assimilation system and/or our models?”

Further details on these positions may be found here.

Dr Ben Henley 
Email: bhenley@unimelb.edu.au

  • Palaeoclimate modelling and data assimilation reconstructions
  • Development of new palaeoclimate records in Southeastern Australia
  • Pacific decadal variability, its precursors and links with ENSO and Australian rainfall
  • Hydrological impacts of spatio-temporal changes to extreme rainfall (with Dr Claire Vincent)

Dr Andrew King
Email: andrew.king@unimelb.edu.au

  • Seasonal prediction of climate extremes in Australia.
  • Understanding global and regional patterns of climate change and climate extremes.
  • The meteorological drivers of climate extremes and their changes under climate change and climate variability.
  • Climate modelling for the Great Barrier Reef.

Prof Todd Lane 
Email: tplane@unimelb.edu.au

  • Organization of convection in the tropics and its representation in high-resolution weather prediction models (supported by additional funding from the Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Convection and gravity waves during the Years of the Maritime Continent field experiment
  • Severe convection in the midlatitudes and its links to extreme rainfall
  • Aviation turbulence prediction and variability

Dr Robyn Schofield 
Email: robyn.schofield@unimelb.edu.au

  • Investigating how well climate models simulate urban air quality composition and change? (potential partners: CSIRO)
  • Investigating the ability of fully coupled chemistry climate models to simulate Southern Hemispheric ozone changes and climate responses. (CSIRO)
  • Investigating how weather and climate prediction models simulate aerosol at the complex air/sea/land interface (CSIRO, BoM)

Dr Claire Vincent  
Email: Claire.vincent@unimelb.edu.au

Projects to start mid-year 2019

  • Boundary layer fluxes and mesoscale modelling at flux net towers
  • The MJO, mesoscale variability and extreme rainfall in Queensland (with Todd)
  • Indices of tropical intra-seasonal variability in CMIP data
  • Model representations of deep convection during the Years of the Maritime Continent Field campaign
  • Hydrological impacts of spatio-temporal changes to extreme rainfall (with Dr Ben Henley)

A graduate research scholarship may provide a full fee offset for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Masters by research degree, and up to 4 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree, plus a living allowance and relocation grant.

In addition, being part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes provides a supportive environment for students, with a focus on increasing collaborative research through attendance at Centre and external events, and travel support for PhD students to visit our international partners and Centre meetings.  Most projects involve other universities, the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, or one of our international partners.

To meet the University’s internal deadline, we suggest that expression of interest be submitted by Monday, September 3, 2018.  The full application must be submitted by October 31, 2018 for domestic students (Australians or NZ citizens or Australian permanent residents) and September 30, 2018 for international students.

If you are interested in applying, please contact one of the potential supervisors, and along with your research interest area, provide a brief CV and copies of your academic results.