Oceanography of Cape Darnley, East Antarctica

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Cold, salty, dense Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) forms on the shelves around Antarctica and flows in to the deep ocean basins. AABW forms the lower limb of the global ocean circulation and transports oxygen and carbon to the deep ocean. As a result AABW plays a key role in global climate. Cape Darnley is one of just four regions around Antarctica that AABW is formed. This project will involve analysing new and historical oceanographic data from the Cape Darnley region and undertaking some modelling experiments using 2D and 3D Regional Ocean Models to test current AABW formation processes and how changing climate conditions may affect the future formation of this important water mass.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Helen Bostock Lyman

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Email: h.bostock@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of coding in Matlab/Python/R would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of maths, physics or physical marine science and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of oceanography is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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