PhD in Observational Evidence of Climate Change in the Southern Adriatic

University of Trieste

3 years

Trieste, Italy

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The University of Trieste and the Department of Oceanography of the OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics) are offering a PhD in observational evidence of climate change in the Southern Adriatic.

Host organisation

The Oceanography Department of the OGS currently has more than 60 researchers, technologists, technicians and administrative staff. The activities of the division range from scientific research to technological development and are addressed to experimental and theoretical oceanography, with particular reference to physical and biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine ecology and modelling of marine systems.

Currently, staff expertise covers four areas:

  • Physical oceanography (experimental, autonomous and coastal systems)
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine systems modelling

Founded in 1924, the University of Trieste is a medium-sized university with a student population of about 16 000. It offers a wide range of degree programmes at bachelor, master and doctorate level, as well as short professional masters, advanced masters and specialisation programmes, mostly in the medical field.
The university currently has 10 departments: Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics; Engineering and Architecture; Humanities; Legal, Linguistic, Interpretation and Translation Studies; Mathematics and Geosciences; Medicine, Surgery and Health Sciences; Life Sciences; Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences; Physics; Political and Social Sciences.

Position description

The PhD thesis focuses on the analysis of observational data to characterise the physical marine environment in the offshore and coastal areas of the southern Adriatic Sea. This involves:

  • harmonisation of data from different marine research platforms, such as autonomous, fixed and mobile platforms;
  • identify important internal processes (eddy dynamics, internal wave propagation, convection and mixing) and assess their impact on oceanographic properties.

The aim is to determine the effects of climate change on local physical and biochemical processes (downscaling) and their influence on the dynamics of the Mediterranean basin (upscaling).

Profile and skills

  • Master’s degree in physical oceanography, mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Scientific computer programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab, Fortran, or similar)
  • Willingness and ability to participate in work at sea
  • Fluent English: level B2
  • Capacity of analysis and synthesis
  • Italian language skills

Professional skills

  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Autonomy
  • Good communication (written and oral)
  • Writing skills
  • Passion and enthusiasm

Contract type

Full Time for 3 years


University of Trieste, Italy

For more information

Manuel Bensi
Vanessa Cardin

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