***Two PhD scholarships as part of Australian Research Council FT19 project "Integrating rifts and swell in the mathematics of ice shelf disintegration"

Work type: Fixed term – Full-time

Campus: North Terrace, Adelaide

Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, External Appointment

Scholarship provider:Australian Research Council and the University of Adelaide
Level of study:Postgraduate Research
Citizenship:International students, Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Australian Permanent
Available for:Full-time study
Stipend value:$27,596(AUD) tax-free
Period of stipend support:3 years

The project

You will work on a core project contributing to the ARC FT19 project:

Integrating rifts and swell in the mathematics of ice shelf disintegration. Antarctic ice-shelf disintegrations have the alarming potential to cause rapid sea level rise, through accelerated discharge of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and initiating runaway Ice Sheet destabilisations. The project aims to develop a mathematical model of swell-induced ice-shelf vibrations in a coupled ocean–shelf 3D framework, focusing on interactions between vibrations and the rift networks that characterise outer shelf margins before disintegration. Accurate, efficient solutions will be developed by fusing powerful approximation theories, and validated by numerical solutions. The model will be combined with state-of-the-art data to predict trends in Antarctica’s remaining ice shelves and indicate potential future disintegrations.

This project will offers the opportunity to work within an international and multidisciplinary research team, studying the role of ocean waves on ice shelf disintegrations.

You will be based at the University of Adelaide in the School of Mathematical Sciences, under the supervision of A/Prof Luke Bennetts. The projects involve collaborations with experts in mathematical modelling and Antarctic science in Australia (including the Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology) and overseas (including Harvard and Princeton). Funding is included for research stays with collaborators and to participate in domestic and international research conferences.

The applicant

The project is appropriate for those interested in dynamics, modelling and computation, and application to Antarctic science. Applicants should hold an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering or a related field. Programming skills in Matlab or equivalent are desirable. 

Detailed information about the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at University of Adelaide—please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s website. Applicants requiring a tuition fee waiver must (i) meet the University’s conditions of admission, and (ii) are expected to have completed a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or a Masters degree that contains a significant (and relevant) research component with equivalent academic performance. Outstanding international applicants who are eligible for admission and have achieved a 1st class Honours grade or masters equivalent may also qualify for a tuition fee waiver as approved by the Faculty.

To be eligible you will need to

  • Fulfil the minimum English language requirement. This is mandatory and cannot be waived.
  • Be assessed by the Adelaide Graduate Centre as meeting all conditions for admission to the Doctoral program.
  • Be willing to provide your personal details to the institutes by way of a Student Deed Poll.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate (AUD$27,596) to undertake the research higher degree program.


The selected student will receive a tax free stipend to the value of $27,596 (AUD) per annum for 3 years. The stipend will be awarded on a yearly basis according to satisfactory progress.

Your faculty’s broader role

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science – including machine learning – and high-level mathematics. Studying with the Faculty will prepare you to play a leading role in numerous industries. Many of its academic staff are work leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at ecms.adelaide.edu.au.

To apply or for further information please contact

A/Prof Luke Bennetts
School of Mathematical Sciences

Send a copy of your CV and a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in applying for the scholarship.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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