PhD position in Melbourne

(International CNRS – UoM joint PhD)


PhD Thesis Project: DesertLakes-4D - Numerical modelling perspective on hydro-sedimentary dynamics in drylands lakes: what does it take for wind-driven hydro-sedimentary processes to shape the shorelines of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre?


Summary: We are looking for a PhD student to work on a fully funded project on investigating climatic and hydro-dynamic controls on littoral landforms around dryland lakes through a combined numerical modelling and field-based approach is available. The project is part of a joint PhD project between University of Melbourne and CNRS. It will be primarily based at the University of Melbourne (Australia) with a minimum 12-month stay at the Université de Strasbourg (France).


Skills required: The successful candidate for this PhD project will have good skills in numerical modelling of lake or coastal processes (e.g. DELFT3D) and affinity to field work, ideally with a sedimentological and/or geomorphological focus in coastal environments. All candidates are expected to show interest in dryland landscapes and should be open to acquiring new methodological skills through their PhD. As study sites are located in Central Australia, a good level of experience and/or willingness to organize and conduct field work in remote areas will be of additional advantage.


Further details:

  • The successful candidate will be based at University of Melbourne with a minimum twelve-month stay at the Université de Strasbourg
  • Applications close: 15 May 2024
    Please note that applications will close once a suitable candidate is identified. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. 
  • Anticipated start date: 1 December 2024
  • Contact Details:  Dr Jan-Hendrik May, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne (

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