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QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership

PhD studentships in Biological and GeoSciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships starting October 2019
The deadline for applications is 12 noon 31st January, 2019

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 and EU 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 the unique geographic positions, unprecedented research and training infrastructure and strategic alliances of the two academic partners.

PhD studentships in Biological and GeoSciences (QUADRAT DTP)
QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership

Each year, we award 20 full studentships to exceptional students, providing funding to support Doctoral studies for PhD programmes. Our 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.

It is anticipated shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at the project host institute between Monday 18 February and Friday 22 February 2019.

Fees and Funding

QUADRAT DTP students are fully-funded for a minimum of 3.5 years, to start the following October.

They include:

  • Stipend based on RCUK rates (currently £14,777 pa for 2018/2019)
  • Fees (Home/EU Fees)
  • Research and Training Costs (£11,000)

Further details are available on the QUADRAT web page or please contact the relevant project supervisor.

QUADRAT (University of Aberdeen)

Flying sentinels: using a long-distance migratory bird to assess exposure to POPs over two continents and their health consequencesDetails
Speciation Dynamics in Wallacea: Implications for Conservation on Sulawesi.Details
Jurassic Lagoon: learning from the ancestors of the amazing mussels - QUADRATDetails
Disentangling palaeodiet: Modern and archaeological case studies in compound-specific nitrogen isotope analysis - QUADRATDetails
Groundwater and nutrient dynamics in heterogeneous agricultural catchments - QUADRATDetails
Monitoring marine plankton biodiversity and community dynamics using third-generation DNA metabarcoding.Details
Acoustic detection & characterisation of cod in the north east Atlantic.Details
SEESALT: Novel ways to ‘SEE’ coastal ’SALT’ marshes using low-cost drones and sensors - QUADRATDetails
Community assembly processes of soil ammonia oxidisers under different nitrogen use efficiency strategiesDetails
Towards integrated adaptive management of an endangered elasmobranch in the North East Atlantic.Details
Does predation drive synchrony in prey dynamics or does prey asynchrony drive predator dynamics? A test using small mammal prey and vertebrate predators in Britain and Ireland.Details
Effect of species range shifts on trophic networks in freshwater ecosystemsDetails
The socioecological drivers of tourist decisions and their influence on wildlife tourism sustainabilityDetails
A species under threat - Genomic and phenotypic responses in the European eel to aquatic toxinsDetails
Something in the wind...reconstructing the position and strength of the Southern Hemisphere Westerly winds - QUADRATDetails
Precious metals of the Anthropocene - QUADRATDetails
MOSAIC: Microplastics in Scotland and Northern Ireland Catchment and Marine Environments - QUADRATDetails
Sea-level change and conservation, past, present and future - QUADRATDetails
Causes and consequences of microbiome variation in the water vole Arvicola amphibiusDetails
Facilitating a Natural Capital Approach in Marine Protected Area Governance in the UK - QUADRATDetails
Ice streams: present-to-palaeo - QUADRATDetails
Does familiarity breed contempt? Seeking coexistence strategies with wolvesDetails
The palaeoenvironmental history of ancient deciduous woodlands in Scotland and Ireland, with particular emphasis on the sub-canopy layers - QUADRATDetails
Fostering sustainability through organic waste re-use: drivers for adoption and pathways for diffusion in Sub-Saharan AfricaDetails
Ice and fire: exploring relationships between glaciers, volcanoes and climate - QUADRATDetails
Spatio-temporal dynamics of plague vectors in Madagascar: using population genetics and landscape scale modelling to inform disease reduction strategiesDetails
Multidimensional resilience of fragmented forest patch networks in temperate and tropical environments.Details
Transformation of Antarctic Benthic Food Webs on the Larsen Ice Shelf following climate-change driven changes in food supplyDetails
Chronology and Changing Cultures on the Mongolian Steppe - QUADRATDetails

QUADRAT (Queen's University Belfast)

Dynamics of carbon capture by lakes and peatlands over the past centuriesDetails
Stability and resilience of fertilized grassland soils in response to extreme weather eventsDetails
Predicting the Unpredictable: the role of eco-evolutionary experience in species interactions across taxa and habitatsDetails
Multi-functional Agroecosystems: Exploiting Biodiversity for Sustainable ProductionDetails
YODASLAMS: YOunger DryAs Stadial Landform DynAMicS in IrelandDetails
Identifying Environmental Factors of Soil Transmitted and Food Borne Helminth Diseases in Border Regions of Northern ThailandDetails
Actions of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in seabirdsDetails
Harnessing the eDNA in tidal flows to assess marine biodiversityDetails
Geotechnical Properties of Glacial Tills: Engineering and Environmental ApplicationsDetails
Fish Spas: The importance of turbulence on stress levels of fish in dynamic environments.Details
Plumbing the depths of microbial carbon cycling in restored peatlandsDetails
Carbon Capture and Storage: perceptions, attitudes, and acceptabilityDetails
Dynamics of arsenic species in the seabed sedimentsDetails
Grassland parasites and community dynamics under climate warmingDetails
Novel tools for quantifying and managing sediment and nutrient loss from agricultural landDetails
Sedimentary Records of the Evolution of the Melville Bugt Ice StreamDetails
Simulating the fate of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Northwest European Shelf ecosystem with a suite of high resolution numerical modelsDetails
The Impact of Thermal Plumes on Aquifer Properties and Groundwater QualityDetails
Quantifying the role of oceanic storminess in determining the survival and recruitment of long-distance, oversea, migratory birdsDetails
The priming effects of manure on soil physical, chemical and biological propertiesDetails
Bio-inspiration from molluscs: flexible armour with embedded sensing capacityDetails
Development of sustainable and durable composite concrete for coastal defence structures for the marine environmentDetails
Turning the tide on saline driven soil degradation: can root iron plaques improve the tolerance of rice to salinity stress?Details
QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership

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