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Earthworm ecology: Vertical stratification, feeding and functions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Project Description

I am seeking an excellent, highly motivated PhD candidate who wants to apply to the Irish Research Council (IRC) for a fully funded 4-year PhD scholarship to be conducted at University College Dublin, commencing on 1st September 2020. Applications to this competition are written and submitted by the prospective student together with their supervisor.

The project will focus on the ecology, feeding and functions of earthworms, investigated with a novel depth-stratified sampling approach, X-ray CT scanning and stable isotope ratio techniques. The aim of the project is to investigate depth-stratification of coexisting earthworm species as an overlooked aspect of soil ecology and to relate earthworm stratification to soil property gradients and soil functions in grassland and no-tillage land uses.
The student will register with UCD for a 4-year structured doctoral degree programme that includes transferable skills and professional training and affords the student full academic and support services during their studies (

Since this is a highly competitive scheme, applicants must have excellent academic achievements including a First Class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a biological, ecological or related subject. A Master’s degree, research experience and/or scientific publications would be a distinct advantage. The applicant should be research-focused and self-motivated and be able to explain their motivation and scientific career aims convincingly. Candidates whose first degree was not taught through English must meet UCD’s Minimum English Language Requirements (

Funding Notes

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2020 is a competition for PhD funding for individual applicants. Details of the scheme (Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2020) are here: View Website
The next deadline for applications is 31st October 2019, with a start date of 1st September 2020.
Successful applicants will receive a stipend of €16,000 per annum; a contribution to PhD registration fees (up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum for EU citizens); and eligible direct research expenses (€2,250 per annum).


Submit an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter outlining your motivation to:
Prof. Olaf Schmidt, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, email: [email protected]

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