Ph.D. scholarship available in New Zealand

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Ph.D. scholarship available in New Zealand

Andrew Mackintosh

A Ph.D. scholarship is available to work on the glaciation of Ruapehu and Tongariro volcanoes within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, in collaboration with GNS Science (New Zealand). More information is available at


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Southern Hemisphere moraine sequences provide an important constraint on both the timing and mechanism of past climatic changes, and glacial deposits in the North Island of New Zealand (NZ) have not previously been studied in detail. GNS Science staff in conjunction with the NZ Department of Conservation are undertaking an integrated mapping study of Tongariro National Park. As part of this project, the need and opportunity has arisen to undertake detailed mapping and dating of the late-Quaternary glacial sequences on the Ruapehu and Tongariro volcanoes.

The student will primarily be supervised by Dr Andrew Mackintosh ( within the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington (, where academic staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are investigating the glaciation of the Southern Alps and Antarctic Ice Sheet in a broader effort to understand Southern Hemisphere glacial cycles. The student will also work within the Volcanology, Petrology and Geochemistry Research Group within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences (

The project will involve field work, sampling of glacial deposits for surface exposure dating and the development of a numerical model of the Ruapehu glaciers, past and present

The project involves a fully funded (fees plus stipend) Ph.D. scholarship. The ideal candidate will have an M.Sc. degree awarded with distinction including Physical Geography/Earth Sciences and chemistry, mathematics or physics. Experience in geochemical and/or glaciological techniques and GIS would be an advantage, as would a publication from the candidate’s MSc thesis. Interested applicants should send a CV and email addresses of two referees to:
[hidden email]. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Start date is as soon as possible.


Dr Andrew Mackintosh
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
and Antarctic Research Centre

Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600 Wellington
New Zealand
+ 64 4 463 6193


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