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Exciting Ph.D. opportunities with Deakin University and The University of Melbourne, Australia

Along the shorelines of South-eastern Australia, there is concern that a lack of sediment supply, rising sea level, and climate change will impact sediment circulation patterns, leading to the destabilization of nearshore-beach-dune systems through erosion, overwash, and backshore transgression. We aim to explore the fundamental interconnectedness that drives shoreline change in Victoria, Australia. Despite the acknowledgment of coastal sediment dynamics being critical to sustainable management knowledge of shoreline behavior and sediment movement is limited. The determination of sediment volume, type, quantity (i.e. extent and thickness) and morphology will be important to better understand the coastal sediment budgets and shoreline evolution. As a result of the Victorian Government, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has formed a partnership with Deakin University and The University of Melbourne to develop the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program. The aim of this program is to develop predictive models of future shoreline behavior through understanding sediment dynamics derived from the latest innovative technologies from multibeam and subbottom sonar mapping, citizen-science UAV/Drones and disciplines including remote sensing, marine sedimentology, and habitat mapping.

Project 1 (Deakin University) Coastal sediment dynamics and the role of benthic habitats and geomorphic characteristics on transport processes:

The project will include seagoing and shore-based sampling and make use of a variety of data sources to investigate coastal sediment dynamics. The project will develop novel methods to characterize seafloor substrate and habitat based on high-resolution remotely sensed data to better understand sediment sources and sinks to inform coastal evolution.

Project Aim: The aim of this project is to develop novel approaches to habitat characterization in the marine and coastal zone using the latest advances in habitat mapping including unmanned aerial vehicles and multibeam echosounders. This project will generate a better understanding of the role of benthic flora and fauna in stabilizing sediment surfaces. The project will determine the utility of novel technologies for the fine-scale characterization of geomorphological complexity and community structure in the littoral and sublittoral zone. The project will fill important knowledge gaps regarding sediment source and sinks in forecasting shoreline change.

Submission Deadline: 22nd April 2018

Further information and link to the application:

Project 2 (The University of Melbourne) Littoral and shallow marine sedimentology of a temperate high-energy shelf:

The project will include seagoing and shore-based sampling and make use of a variety of data sources to investigate coastal sediment dynamics. The project will focus on the sedimentology, micropalaeontology, and mineralogy of the shoreline of Victoria, Australia,  in order to quantify the connectiveness between sediment compartments in order to understand past and future coastal dynamics.

Project Aim: The aim of the project is to quantify the compositional and textural characteristics of the Victorian marine zone, from beyond wave base to the coastal dunes. It will identify the connection between sediment source and depositional areas as well as assess the current rates of sediment supply to the coast.

Qualifications: Knowledge of physical geography/marine mapping /geomorphology and/or marine geology. Experience with the temperate marine systems would be an advantage.

Submission Deadline: 22nd April 2018

Further information regarding Ph.D. admission at the University of Melbourne:

The application process can be found at

Informal Enquiries to Daniel Ierodiaconou: or David Kennedy


Associate Research Fellow – Deakin School of Life and Environmental Science – Australia


Initiate and conduct research in the area of marine sediment and habitat dynamics. The position will join Deakin’s Marine Mapping team within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and will bring the latest marine mapping techniques to Victoria to produce evidence-based predictions of sediment compartment dynamics. 

This will include:

  • Leading the shallow marine component of the shoreline system primarily using remotely sensed marine data from multibeam sonar and subbottom acoustic profiling supplemented with direct benthic habitat surveys.
  • Initiating and conduct research under limited supervision either as a member of a team, or independently (where appropriate), to achieve the objectives of the DELWP, Sustainability Fund project.
  • Contributing to building an active national and international research record, prepare findings for oral and written communication including publications and the generation of external research income.
  • Effectively producing data, maintain data protocols and enter data into the appropriate research and government databases. Conduct preliminary data cleaning, screening and analysis.


  • PhD degree in marine geoscience or biology or related field with a substantial research component.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate and conduct high quality research, which has resulted in publications, conference papers, reports, or professional or technical contributions.
  • Experience with a range of shallow marine geophysical techniques such as multibeam surveying and sub bottom profiling.
  • Interpersonal skills that support the ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with a diverse range of people.

For a full list of the selection criteria please see the position description

CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  Associate Professor Daniel Ierodiaconou, Tel: +61 3 5563 3224, Email:

CLOSING DATE: Friday 11 May 2018


Research Fellow – Coastal Shoreline Modelling – University of Melbourne – Australia

Position Summary

The Research Fellow will conduct research on the embayment/coastal compartment-scale shoreline dynamics using numerical modelling for the prediction of sediment transport pathways. Numerical modelling is a key tool for understanding shoreline change and predicting shoreline position in the future. The difficulty is models are often theoretical and difficult to down-scale to a particular embayment and/or sediment compartment.

The Research Fellow will bring the latest shoreline modelling techniques to Victoria to produce evidence-based predictions of shoreline dynamics in Victoria, Australia. The Research Fellow will work closely with colleagues from joint academic (The University of Melbourne, Deakin University) and government (Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning) Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program. They will also build on existing collaborations between the program and the National Centre for Coasts and Climate through the School of Geography, CSIRO, IMOS and DHI. The incumbent is also expected to provide technical and professional advice and supervision of postgraduate students.      

Close date: 11 May 2018