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External Academic Positions

UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, Sydney Australia
PhD Scholarship ($24 653 PA, APA equivalent rate) of APA top-up ($12 000 PA).

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship to work on a project investigating the termination of El Niño-Southern Oscillation events.
The last three decades have seen various mechanisms proposed to explain the negative feedback required for the termination of ENSO events. Whilst these theories detail ENSO event termination as it is currently understood, there are several significant observational features that are not incorporated in or reproduced by these theories.

The most glaring omission is the southward shift of ENSO related zonal wind anomalies near the end of the calendar year. At this time when El Niño events typically reach their peak amplitude, the associated zonal wind anomalies (which prior to this are quasi-symmetric about the equator) abruptly shift southward so that the maximum anomalous zonal wind
is located around 5-7oS.

The aims of this study are to:

  1. Identify whether El Nino-La Nina asymmetries in the prominence of the southward wind shift can account for the fact that La Nina events tend to persist for longer periods than El Nino events.
  2. Identify what role this southward wind shift plays in the synchronisation of ENSO event termination to the seasonal cycle.
  3. Using data from the state-of-the-art climate models part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) multi-model archive, this project will identify
  • whether models produce the observed southward wind shift;
  • what role it plays in the apparent synchronization of ENSO event termination to the seasonal cycle; and
  • whether this changes in future projections.

The PhD scholarship is tenable for a period of 3 years + 6 months extension (if granted), with the successful candidate able to mold the project to match their background, interests and expertise.

Applicants should have a strong academic track record including an Honours Class I or equivalent. Honours graduates with a strong academic track record in physics and/or mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants who obtain or have recently been awarded an APA scholarship in either the current or future rounds may be awarded a 12k top-up with the remaining scholarship funds then available for additional project support.

International students are also encouraged but must additionally apply for a UNSW International Research Scholarship, starting Semester 2 2013, which opens January 1, 2013.

Applicants should send a full academic transcript, a short CV and an expression of interest to Bronwen Smith at

For further information, contact Shayne McGregor via

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