Globally, pollinating insects are showing a biodiversity decline. This phenomenon has been linked to a number of environmental issues including pesticides, land-use and urbanisation. Whilst the conversion of agricultural and semi-wild lands to urban areas is a contributing factor to global declines in pollinators, cities have also been identified as possible refuges for some pollinating insects.
In the UK, there has been an increase in the number of urban beekeepers over the last decade. This modern trend in apiculture and the need to provide a safe haven for all insect pollinators, creates an urgent need to fully understand urban pollinator ecosystems and the role of honeybees in them.
The successful candidate will use a combination of analytical and observational techniques to address some of the current knowledge gaps in urban pollinator ecology. They will also work closely with the projects CASE Partner – the British Beekeepers Association and other stakeholders to disseminate knowledge on sustainable urban beekeeping.
Full laboratory and analytical training will be provided. However, candidates with experience in field ecology, pollen analysis, GIS and/or genetics are strongly encouraged to apply. An understanding of urban ecology or pollinators would be advantageous.
For more information, please contact Matthew Pound ([email protected]
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. OP.....) will not be considered.
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
We have a minimum of 12 (3.5 year) PhD fully funded studentship awards available for October 2020 entry. Each award includes fees (Home / EU), an annual living allowance (for 2019/20 this is £15,009) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).