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PhD Scholarship, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney:


“Sounds in the ocean: ocean soundscapes and ambient sea noise”


A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into the sounds of the ocean and how they come together to provide the ambient noise and ocean soundscape. It would contribute to a project to develop an improved model of ambient noise for forecasting sonar performance, and planning of underwater acoustic experiments in areas of Commonwealth interest. The project would include analysis of existing data of ocean sounds, collection of new data and development of models.

The supervisor would be Adjunct Professor Doug Cato (University of Sydney) with auxiliary supervisors Associate Professor Rob McCauley of Curtin University and Dr Yong Zhang of DST.

The scholarship is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) and is for 3 ½ years at the rate of $30k per year. The candidate must be an Australian citizen with an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within School of Geoscience at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in the field of ambient sea noise. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Master’s Degree by Research in some aspect of the physical sciences or engineering.

Further information on the opportunity can be obtained on the University of Sydney website with further details about the PhD Scholarship on the University of Sydney Research Scholarship page.

The closing date is 11 February, with the possibility to be extended.