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PhD Opportunities

Title:  Modelling Coastal Wetland Response to Sea Level Rise

We are looking for suitable qualified applicants to work on a fully-funded PhD Project in New Zealand. The project is part of the new multi-institutional programme lead by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) called “Future Coasts Aotearoa”. The overall objective of the programme is to identify whole-of-system pathways for adaption of coastal lowlands to sea level rise (SLR) across social and cultural well-beings, economic systems and natural environments. into the future. This PhD project opportunity is associated with projecting coastal wetland habitat evolution and response under a range of SLR scenarios and the influence of other key drivers (e.g., sediment supply, vertical land motion) through observations and modelling. This work will also investigate coastal wetland carbon sequestration to inform opportunities for offsetting adaption costs (lead by Dr Andrew Swales).

Applicant must have experience in coding either Matlab or Python, and R would be useful (WARMER is written in R). Our PhDs are only 3 years long and there is not sufficient time to learn these skills. Additional requirements below:

  • A MSc or BSc(Hons) with at research thesis component of 0.5 years or longer in a related field.
  • A grade point average of B+ or higher.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS>=6.5).
  • Ability to start in 2022.

Please send CV and a cover letter to: [email protected]. The position is open until filled, but we will look at applications at the beginning of April 2022.

Full details available here.


Title: World-leading biodiversity measurement in Aotearoa New Zealand: Machine learning for developing detection models of NZ ecosystem types and restoration, using remote sensing data

This project will utilise machine learning and high-fidelity remote sensing data to develop detection models for measuring biodiversity, through ecosystem type and cover. This information will inform a national-level biodiversity index (the Eco-index), which will calculate investment in and impact on biodiversity for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applications close 31 March 2022. Contact Penny Payne, Co-lead of the Eco-index programme, to discuss the opportunity further: [email protected],

Full details available here.


Title: Soil organics matter: exploring abiotic pathways to mitigation of agricultural nitrous oxide emissions

Open PhD Position in Biogeochemistry / Earth Science / Soil Science

This fully funded three-year PhD studentship based at Te Aka Mātuatua – School of Science, Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand. As part of a Marsden Fund fast-start research project, the successful candidate will be an integral part of laboratory and fieldwork in the North Island of New Zealand. A mid-year 2022 start is anticipated; with flexibility in responding to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Prior experience in any of the following fields: biogeochemistry, isotope (or other) geochemistry, analytical chemistry, soil science, or a related field is highly valued.

As part of your application package, kindly include:

  • CV (including 2-3 referee information)
  • Cover Letter (this can include: a description of why you want to undertake a Ph.D.; how your previous experiences have prepared you for the research project that you are applying for; what your passions are within or outside of academia)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact and email address for applications: [email protected]

Full details available here.