PhD opportunities at the University of Auckland, New Zealand – 2018


Applications are invited for PhD projects being offered at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Project areas:

(1) Blockage in hydraulic structures, including bridges and culverts; jointly supervised with Dr Stefan Felder from WRL (Sydney, Australia)

(2) Influence of roughness on fish-passage hydraulics – ecohydraulics

(3) Sediment transport under climate and anthropogenic changes



Background: You will be a member of the Water-worked Environments Research Group in Auckland Please check the website to learn more about our research work. You will work in our Water Engineering Laboratory. Ideally, applicants will have outstanding academic records from a top University and are highly motivated to take on a new challenge. You will be part of a research team that values diversity and creativity.

Scholarship: Funding covers all fees + NZD 25,000 pa stipend (tax free) for 3 years. PhD students will be based within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and supervised by Dr Heide Friedrich.

Requirements: You have a very good first degree/masters in hydraulic/civil engineering or physical sciences. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are essential. Candidates must also be eligible for admission to the PhD program at the University of Auckland. For more information on postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland, see

Special consideration: We are specifically encouraging students of Māori descent to apply. Doing so we aim to enable greater community involvement in our research and support the development and delivery of excellent Māori research. Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Whakapukahatanga Taiao is the Māori name for civil and environmental engineering. The name encompasses the branches of engineering that are directly associated with the environment or the natural world. Within the Māori worldview, people and the environment are directly connected, a sentiment summed up in the whakatauki (Māori proverb): “ko au te whenua, te whenua ko au”, “I am the land, the land is me”. The name Whakapukahatanga Taiao directly references the key role that civil and environmental engineering plays to establish these connections between people, the environment and world we live in.

Application: Please email CV, detailed academic records with grades and a brief outline on why you are interested in joining the research group to Dr Heide Friedrich ( Informal inquiries are welcome.

Applications are invited until positions are closed. Successful candidates should be available to start on or before, 1st October, 2018.

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