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PhD opportunity in wildfire meteorology at University of Queensland (Australia) 

PhD opportunity – Wildfire meteorology 
 
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 
 
An exciting new PhD opportunity is available to research the thermodynamic 
characteristics of wildfire triggered thunderstorms (Pyrocumulonimbus – PyroCb). A major focus of the research will be on mechanisms that result in some PyroCb producing precipitation, while other PyroCb do not. Applicants should possess a BSc (Hons), MSc, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (e.g. atmospheric science, maths, physics, geography, environmental science) with experience in the analysis of the thermodynamic properties of the atmosphere with a focus on severe weather research. Computational programming experience with Matlab, Python, R, or equivalent would be advantageous. Excellent oral and written communication skills, motivation, and the ability to work as part of a team is also required. 
 
During the course of the PhD, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to the University of Nevada, Reno, to work with Assistant Professor Neil Lareau and attend (inter)national conferences to present their research. They will also have the opportunity to engage with scientists at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The preference is for the candidate to start the project toward the end of 2023 or early 2024. 
 
Applicants must be eligible to enrol in a PhD with The University of Queensland. For a complete list of The University of Queensland’s minimum entry requirements, please refer to: 
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The selected PhD candidate will receive a living allowance stipend rate of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate, indexed annually), for 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension. Additional funding up to $3000 in total during your period of PhD candidature will also be available to defray costs associated with presentation of your research at conferences. 
 
To discuss this role, please contact Prof. Hamish McGowan by email h.mcgowan@uq.edu.au