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Location University of Wollongong, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Paleoclimatology PhDs at the University of Wollongong, Australia

There are currently several PhD projects available at University of Wollongong in the field of Paleoclimatology. The PhD projects will be undertaken under the supervision of A/Prof. Helen McGregor. The student will integrate with the Geoquest Research Centre and Wollongong Isotope Geochronology Laboratory, in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He/she will have access to world-class sample preparation, clean laboratories, laser ablation and plasma source mass spectrometry facilities.

Possible projects include:

  • Tropical Pacific paleoclimatology: Uses coral geochemistry to study how El Niño-Southern Oscillation variability and the impacts on hydroclimate.
  • Climate evolution of the Great Barrier Reef: Investigates how the Great Barrier Reef responded to past environmental and climate change from centuries to millennia.
  • Long term climate perspectives: synthesis of ocean and climate reconstructions and models to understand global change.
  • Holocene climate of the tropical Indian Ocean: uses geochemical records from foraminifera in ocean sediments.

The applicant should have a B.Sc. with Honours 1st class, a M.Sc. or equivalent and have published at least one peer-reviewed article in a citation-indexed journal. Applicants with some knowledge of at least one of earth/environmental sciences, chemistry, or physics are encouraged to apply. Experience with laboratory work is advantageous.

If short-listed, the applicant will be interviewed over the web. If selected following interview, he/she will apply for a University Postgraduate Award (University Postgraduate Award ). The scholarship covers tuition fees and living allowance for the duration of the project (3 years). Note, applicants will need to meet the University’s English language requirements for admission into the PhD program.

Application deadline: 6th October 2017

If interested, send a cover letter indicating your project preference, a transcript of your undergraduate/MSc degree, and a CV to A/Prof. Helen McGregor (

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A/Prof Helen McGregor