Fully funded PhD at University of Canterbury (NZ): “Assessing the impacts of relative sea level rise and sediment delivery on NZ's estuaries"
University of Canterbury (UC), , New Zealand
Apply before: 15 January 2024

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to investigate the geomorphic response of estuaries to sea level rise (SLR) in tectonically active settings. The project will determine how estuaries experiencing different rates of vertical land movement and sediment supply will be impacted by SLR. New Zealand is a fantastic natural laboratory for this work, with a suite of estuaries in different catchment and tectonic settings. This exciting project combines aspects of coastal and fluvial geomorphology and a variety of methods - including analysis of geospatial data, field work, and modelling.

The PhD is a jointly supervised project between the School of Earth and Environment ( and the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management ( at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. You will work in a collaborative team with expertise in geomorphology, hydrology, and Earth observation. The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Sarah McSweeney and Prof. James Brasington. Support for the project includes: a stipend of NZ$32,000 per annum (excluding fees) for three years, tuition fees, and some funding for field work and travel expenses (e.g. to facilitate academic and professional development through conference attendance).

How to apply: To apply, please submit a 1-2-page cover letter outlining your background and interest in the project, a CV, academic transcripts, and the names of two referees to Dr. Sarah McSweeney (

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Dr Sarah McSweeney; Lecturer in Physical Geography
Room 316 Beatrice Tinsley Building
School of Earth and Environment; Te Kura Aronukurangi
University of Canterbury; Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha


Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group