PhD opportunity at University of Otago on modelling sea ice breakup due to ocean waves
We are looking for a PhD student to investigate the physical mechanisms
governing sea ice breakup under wave action in the marginal ice zone.
The project will involve developing a small-scale model of ocean waves
breaking up a small number of ice floes with various shapes and sizes.
The model will combine fracture mechanics and wave hydrodynamics. Field
and laboratory data collected in recent experimental programmes will be
used to validate the model. Outputs of the model will be processed to
create a parametrised formulation describing wave-induced sea ice
breakup that will be integrated in a coupled large scale ocean waves/sea
The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Fabien Montiel
(http://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/?people=fabien_montiel) as part of the
3-year project "Breaking the ice: process-informed modelling of sea ice
erosion due to ocean wave interactions" funded by a prestigious NZ
Marsden grant, which involves collaborations with colleagues in the US
and Europe. The student will be part of the vibrant NZ community of
early-career polar scientists and will have many opportunities to
interact with the broader international wave and sea ice communities
during conferences and research visits.
The successful candidate will be funded by a competitive University of
Otago PhD scholarship, which includes a 3-year stipend of NZ$ 27,500 per
year (tax free and includes a fee waiver), research costs, and travel
support to national and international conferences. Additional funding
for travel will be available through the supervisor's Marsden grant.
The project is ideally suited for someone with interests in mathematical
modelling, physical oceanography, polar science and climate modelling. A
strong background in mathematics and physics, as well as computing
skills, are essential. Prior knowledge in fluid mechanics, elasticity
and/or water wave theory will be an advantage, but are not essential.
Both New Zealand and international students are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in working with Fabien Montiel on this
cutting-edge science project and being part of a very active
international sea ice community, then please get in touch by sending
your CV, transcripts of undergraduate and Masters studies, and the names
and contact details of 2 referees.