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Investigation of the environmental implications of decommissioning and the longevity and fate of offshore structures left in place

Applications are invited for 3 fully-funded PhD studentships

Deadline for applications is 4 June 2020

The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) and Chevron Corporation have recently signed an Anchor partnership agreement that will fund a research programme to address some of the major questions around the environmental implications of decommissioning energy assets at a number of global locations and provide guidance for optimal decommissioning.

The projects will focus on techniques for monitoring fish stocks around installations and pipelines as man-made marine habitats, the bioavailability of potential decommissioning-related substances, and modelling the longevity and eventual fate of offshore infrastructure left in situation.

Chevron Corporation

To deliver this ambitious programme of research, the partnership will fund three PhD studentships and a postdoctoral researcher. These exciting projects offer students the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team based in the NDC’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, working alongside a cohort of PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, senior academics and industry colleagues, including Chevron personnel. In addition, to receiving advanced training in environmental sciences, marine biology and engineering, the students will gain valuable knowledge and experience about the energy sector and the decommissioning space through close interactions with our industry experts.

The students will also benefit from undertaking courses that are part of the MSc in Decommissioning on a non-credit bearing basis.

Funding and Eligibility

Funding covers the cost of UK tuition fees, full stipend (UKRI minimum) and provides a Research Training Support Grant. To be eligible to apply for a fully-funded studentship, you must:

  • be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)
  • International applicants are eligible to apply and to receive full stipend but must be able to meet the difference in international fees.
NDC, Chevron Corporation and Aberdeen University

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