Applications are invited for UKRI funded PhD studentships starting 1st October 2021
The deadline for applications is Monday 18th January 2021
QUADRAT DTP brings together two research and teaching centres of excellence in biological sciences and geosciences. The University of Aberdeen is a world class multidisciplinary research and training institution and Queen’s University Belfast is a Russell Group University with an international reputation for world class research.
Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with support from several partner organisations, QUADRAT DTP will provide outstanding students from the UK, EU and overseas with unrivalled opportunities to gain the skills and holistic understanding essential for the next generation of scientific leaders in academic, industry and policy development due to our unique geographic positions, unprecedented research and training infrastructure and strategic alliances of the two academic partners.
Each year, we award approximately 20 studentships to exceptional students, providing funding to support Doctoral studies for PhD programmes. Our research themes of Biodiversity, Earth Systems and Environmental Management allow for an integration of both theoretical and applied projects capable of addressing the most significant environmental and societal challenges we face now and in the future. The QUADRAT DTP vision is to equip students with the skills, outlook, purpose and holistic understanding to lead, communicate and translate innovative cross-disciplinary research that meets the challenges associated with the effective management of the natural environment; and position our graduates as the next generation of scientific leaders in academia, industry and policy development.
Projects will be supervised by a team of academic staff in the following areas:
QUADRAT PhD projects are competition funded by the QUADRAT NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. This opportunity is open to UK and International candidates (including EU nationals) and provides funding to cover stipend, UK level tuition fees and a research and training support grant (RTSG). Please refer to the UKRI website, Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions and www.quadrat.ac.uk/funding-and-eligibility for full eligibility criteria. Please note QUADRAT funding does not cover visa costs (including immigration health surcharge) or other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK. Please be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a Distinction at Master’s level.
QUADRAT DTP students are funded for a minimum of 3.5 years (up to 7 years part-time), to start on 1st October 2021.
For a full list of available projects please visit our website.
We advise all applicants to contact and discuss the project content with the relevant project supervisor.
It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be called for interview between Monday 1st March and Friday 5th March 2021 Interviews are expected to be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen in reservoir hosts: Leptospira in Africa||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Exploring behaviour and behavioural changes in the light of climate change in Irish Sea cod||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Rewilding and the return of interacting meso-predators: Understanding, modelling and monitoring predator-prey dynamics in non-equilibrium ecosystems||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Salmonid conservation in American rivers in the wake of proliferative kidney disease outbreaks: using functional genomics to understand climate-change driven disease emergence||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Sustainable Resilience to Coastal Erosion: A Demonstration Project of an Innovative System for Erosion Mitigation for Coastal Golf Courses||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: ’Killing two challenges with one biochar’: biological enrichment of biochar to increase sustainability and food security||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Actions of early life endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure on adult fish health using the zebrafish model||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: An evo-devo approach to understand resilience to climate change||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Automated soil profiling: identification of soil characteristics using Machine Learning and image analysis||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Biodiversity of the gut microbiome and their links with growth, reproduction and ageing in a wild bird||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Bridging ecology and economics to develop effective and sustainable rodent management strategies in rural Africa||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Chemodynamics of climate-smart rice production: optimizing nutrient cycling in paddy soils||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Conservation implications of variation in reproductive traits among fragmented populations of tropical forest trees||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Ecological and evolutionary processes associated with environmental change in microbial populations||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Ecology of dynamic seasonal salt lakes and their responses to hydrological changes||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Establishing Marine Biodiversity Baselines for Blue Carbon Habitats||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Evolution and consequences of mating systems for range dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changes.||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Exploring past biodiversity in Scotland and Ireland using environmental ancient DNA||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Fruit flies: when a food waste party gets too crowed||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Impacts of Offshore Wind Turbines on fishing and the environment: An assessment of Bottom-fixed versus Floating Wind Turbine Concepts.||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Mapping and measuring glacier mass balance: developing a best practice approach for understanding glacier change||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Modelling long-distance migrants in the face of environmental change: The case of Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers.||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Monitoring environmental change with ambient seismic noise||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Predicting the ecological impacts of invasive alien insects at multiple levels: from genes to communities||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Quantitative environmental risk assessment of binary and tertiary heavy metal mixtures in agricultural soils||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Quenching the thirst at the foot of the giants: the effect of climate change on glacier-derived water resources in high mountain regions||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Spineless, or socially skillful? Social competence in insects and spiders||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Study of the role of microbial networks on carbon cycling under controlled pressure and temperature conditions||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: The evolutionary ecology of prokaryotic viruses in hyper-saline environments||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: The individual within the invaders - how individual variability influences invasion interactions and outcomes||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: The Low Enthalpy Geothermal Potential of Shallow Aquifers in Northern Ireland and Northern Scotland||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: The role of transposable elements in driving evolution and adaptation in the deep sea||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Towards an integrated workflow for geothermal reservoir characterisation with seismic noise||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Understanding and managing connectivity in species with spatially complex life-histories||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Understanding social values on low carbon sub-surface technologies in Scotland and Northern Ireland||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Vulnerability of UK marine species and communities to climate change and implications for adaptation planning||Details|
|QUADRAT: DTP: Eco-evolutionary responses of soil microbes to drought stress||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Links between energetics and disease in mammals: use of biologging and remote sensing to assess behaviour and movement||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Quantifying the resilience and functioning of lotic ecosystems across spatial and temporal gradients of environmental stress||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: The Irish Damselfly: identifying population genetic structure and optimising habitat management for an iconic Irish species||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Authentication of Sustainable Oil Palm Production for Protection of Tropical Biodiversity||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Biodegradable bioplastics as emerging environmental pollutants||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Biological control of mosquitoes: optimising the efficacy of native macroinvertebrate predators||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Do nutrition-parasite interactions drive One Health under climate change?||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Ecological drivers and conservation implications of parental care diversity in vertebrates||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Greening cities: biodiversity and ecosystem services associated with street trees, from ecology to planning||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Identifying Environmental Factors for Soil Transmitted and Food Borne Helminth Diseases in Border Regions of Northern Thailand||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Increasing culture biodiversity and eco-evolutionary understanding of novel bacterial isolates using culturonmics and computational tools||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Investigating the nature and implications of archaea-bacteria interactions||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Investigating the relationship between soil microbiome diversity and resilience to stressors caused by a changing climate||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Modelling the fate of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Northwest European Shelf ecosystem with a suite of high-resolution numerical models||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP CASE: Quantifying kelp detrital pathways: what is potentially locked away as Blue Carbon?||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Air Quality and Environmental Impact on Human Health||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Development of artificial reefs: design, scientific monitoring, environment impact and management in North/Irish Seas||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Glacial meltwater evolution during the deglaciation of Fennoscandian Ice Sheet||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Properties of Glacial Tills: Engineering, Environmental and Glaciological Applications||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Repurposing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composite waste for marine renewable energy||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Resilience and adaptation of First Nations Communities in Canada to Disappearing Winter Road Infrastructure in a Changing Climate||Details|
|QUADRAT DTP: Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of global peatland fire||Details|
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