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Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery (PhD 2)


Natural Sciences

About the Project

As part of a new €1.3m project, Beyond biofuel: Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery and climate change mitigation at Trinity College, we will be appointing a postdoctoral researcher, research assistant and two PhD students. This multi-disciplinary project will test new methods for the cultivation of seaweed and develop new biomedical products while also quantifying the role of seaweed farming for mitigation of effects of climate change. The project is led by Nessa O’Connor (Zoology, Trinity College) and includes several collaborators including: Conor Buckley (Bioengineering, Trinity College); Trevor Hodkinson (Botany, Trinity College); Tasman Crowe (University College Dublin / BiOrbic); and Jerry Murphy (University College Cork/ MaREI).

PhD 2 will focus on profiling of all algal samples (from experimental treatments and native populations) including their eco-physiological properties, biochemical and genetic analyses. In addition, they will perform laboratory tests of seaweed derived hydrogels.

Application Procedure
You are applying for a highly competitive 4-year fully funded PhD project.
You must have a full, clean driving license, be able to work independently, be hard working and solution-oriented and willing to participate fully within a dynamic research team. The successful candidate will hold an Honours Degree (2.1 or higher) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Zoology, Botany, Environmental Science, Marine Biology). An MSc or equivalent research experience would be an advantage. Other highly desirable skills include previous experience of field-based skills in aquatic ecosystems for PhD 1 and molecular techniques for PhD 2, a good knowledge of R, and a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings.

Phase 1:
Send preliminary applications to: Dr O’Connor ( ). Please place ‘SFI Seaweed PhD 1’ or ‘SFI Seaweed PhD 2’ in the subject line of the email.
Attach a single PDF Document that contains the following:
• A cover letter: Your letter should clearly set out your suitability and motivation for this PhD with reference to your past relevant experience and achievements.
• A CV that includes your relevant experience, undergraduate results, postgraduate results (if applicable), any relevant publications and contact information for 2 academic referees.

Phase 2:
Successful Phase 1 candidates will proceed to Interview. It is expected that that interviews will take place in August. The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a full application to Trinity College Dublin

Funding Notes

Candidates from outside the EU are eligible to apply but must provide evidence of sources of additional funds to cover excesses associated with Non-EU fees.

These awards include:
EU Fees for a PhD in Science at TCD
Annual stipend: €18,500 for 4 years
Access to experimental infrastructure at Trinity College including a mesocosm-based platform - Quantifying the Impacts of Multiple Stressors (QIMS), a suite of state-of-the-art environmental monitoring equipment (including boat, SCUBA equipment, underwater drone, in situ algal monitoring tools etc.), access to bioengineering and molecular genetics laboratories and a licensed experimental seaweed farm.

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