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  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures

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Applications are invited for four-year fully-funded PhD studentships starting in October 2019 at either Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, The Open University or Bangor University.
  Bridging the gap between environment and health – exposure assessment of potentially harmful agents in soil
  Dr P Hooda
Applications accepted all year round

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Our current understanding of soil exposure in the UK population is extremely limited. The current risk assessment paradigm makes large assumptions based on very uncertain data to estimate direct exposures via soil ingestion or dust inhalation.
  Dinoflagellate cysts and palaeoenvironmental change during Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events: a study of OAE1a
  Prof I Jarvis, Prof G Gillmore
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will study Cretaceous dinoflagellate cysts. It seeks to understand relationships between dinocysts, a proxy for marine nutrient availability and organic zooplankton fertility, and episodes of black shale (petroleum source rock) deposition during Oceanic Anoxic Events (OAEs) in the mid-Cretaceous.
  Radionuclides in soils in urban regions.
  Prof G Gillmore, Dr P Hooda
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD concerns the collection, analysis and health impact assessment of soil geochemical data in order to.
  North Tyne Crayfish Investigation.
  Dr C Walsh
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP. Find out more here. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/one-planet/.
  Modern use of gypsum as inorganic binder for constructions (Advert Reference: SF18/ABE/PESCE)
  Dr G Pesce
Applications accepted all year round

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Gypsum-based mortars for outdoor coating were widely used in the past centuries in a number of European countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and France.
  Controls on the distribution and chemistry of pyrophyllite-quartz alteration in high sulphidation epithermal ore deposits: developing vectoring and fertility tools for project assessment
  Dr J Wilkinson, Dr A Wurst
Applications accepted all year round

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We seek a talented and highly motivated PhD candidate for an exciting and novel project fully-funded by Barrick Gold Corp.
  Multidisciplinary PhD Programme (3.5 years) Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

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Multidisciplinary PhD Programme (3.5 years). Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath is now accepting applications for the October 2019 intake.
  Developing new sensor for geopolymer
  Dr X Ke
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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The cement industry is facing the challenge of reducing its environmental footprint while dealing with a continuously increasing demand for this essential material.
  Predictive modelling for assessing the durability of smart cement
  Dr X Ke
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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The cement industry is considered to be responsible for about 8% of the global man-made CO2-emission. Due to the rapidly evolving global urbanisation, the cement industry is facing the challenge of reducing its environmental footprint while dealing with a continuously increasing demand for this essential material.
  Total Atmospheric Emissions from the Biosphere
  Dr W J Bloss, Dr L Kramer
Applications accepted all year round

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The dominant source of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere is vegetation – biogenic volatile organic compounds or BVOCs. In the atmosphere, BVOCs undergo chemical processing, leading to the formation of secondary pollutants such as ozone and organic aerosol particles, affecting human and environmental health and climate.
  Atmospheric dispersion of greenhouse gases using novel tracers - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges
  Prof S O'Doherty, Dr M Rigby, Prof P Simmonds
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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About the Project. Emissions of greenhouse gases are now widely recognised as a potential threat to the long-term stability of the Earth’s climate.
  Can Glacial Flour Stimulate N Cycling in Croplands? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges
  Dr J L Wadham, Dr F Sgouridis
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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About the Project. Glacial flour produced from the erosive force of glaciers contains a multitude of minerals that if applied to cropland soils it could chemically weather in situ, potentially increasing soil fertility and reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.
  Does CO2 Enrichment of Temperate Forests also Affect Soil N Cycling and the Emission of Nitrous Oxide (N2O)? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges
  Dr J House, Dr F Sgouridis
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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About the Project. Increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations in temperate forests may affect soil nitrogen (N) cycling processes due to the increased demand for nitrogen availability by tree photosynthesis.
  Extreme Events in the Anthropocene Ocean - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges
  Dr O Andrews
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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About the Project. There is growing recognition that, in the ocean just as on land, climate change might stack the deck in favour of more intense and longer lasting extreme events.
  Impacts of Glacier Retreat in the Peruvian Andes on River Water Quality - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges
  Dr J L Wadham, Dr C Yates
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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About the Project. Peruvian glaciers, like most tropical glaciers, have witnessed high rates of mass loss over the last 30 years due to warming temperatures and changing precipitation.
  Sustainable Lithium Mining and Recycling using Membrane Technology
  Dr Y Huang
Application Deadline: 11 November 2019

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With continual technological advancements in mobile devices and electric cars, the global demand for lithium has quickly outpaced the rate at which it can be mined or recycled.
  Understanding how time-dependent changes in biogeochemistry, microbiology and mineralogy of mine waste can contribute to, or limit the impact of, environmental metal pollution – PhD (Funded)
  Dr L Newsome, Prof W Gaze
Application Deadline: 14 July 2019

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The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  Building asteroids from piles of rubble – insights from CM carbonaceous chondrite xenoliths
  Prof M Lee, Dr L Daly
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Spacecraft from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are currently exploring the near-Earth asteroids Bennu and Ryugu.
  MSc (Res), Geographical & Earth Sciences: How is atmospheric CO2 captured by steel slag
  Dr J MacDonald
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will investigate the crystallinity and crystallography of calcite which has precipitated during sequestration of atmospheric CO2 by steel slag.
  MSc (Res), Geographical & Earth Sciences: The composition and pollution implications of waste materials from historic paper making
  Dr J MacDonald
Applications accepted all year round

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The composition and pollution implications of waste materials from historic paper makingThis project will investigate the composition and pollution implications of waste materials from historic paper making, using a case study site at Milngavie, Scotland.
  PhD in Geographical & Earth Sciences: Anthropogenic geodiversity – how can Scotland’s industrial waste legacy contribute to geodiversity and biodiversity?
  Dr J MacDonald
Applications accepted all year round

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Co-supervised by Professor Alistair Jump, University of Stirling. As recognised in Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, geodiversity underpins biodiversity and faces pressures from human influence.
  PhD in Geographical & Earth Sciences: Delivery of water to early Earth by carbonaceous meteorites
  Prof M Lee, Dr LH Hallis
Applications accepted all year round

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This project asks whether the Earth’s hydrosphere could have come from outer space via water-rich meteorites. The focus of this work will be on analysing the abundance and hydrogen isotopic composition of water in Mighei-like (CM) carbonaceous chondrites.
  PhD in Geographical & Earth Sciences: How life and steel slag interact – physical, chemical and biological breakdown of slag and the implications for remediation
  Dr J MacDonald
Applications accepted all year round

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Co-supervised by Professor Alistair Jump, University of Stirling. Worldwide, it is estimated that steelmaking produces up to 250 million tonnes of waste slag per year.
  PhD in Geographical & Earth Sciences: Space weathering of carbonaceous asteroids and its astrobiological implications
  Prof M Lee, Dr C Persano, Dr L Daly
Applications accepted all year round

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Two missions are currently en route to collect samples from carbonaceous asteroids and return them to Earth. The OSIRIS-Rex mission (NASA) will sample Bennu, whereas Hayabusa2 (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA) will visit the asteroid Ryugu.
  Space weathering of carbonaceous asteroids and its astrobiological implications
  Prof M Lee, Dr LH Hallis, Dr C Persano, Dr L Daly
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Two missions are currently en route to collect and return samples from carbonaceous asteroids and return them to Earth. The OSIRIS-Rex mission (NASA) will sample Bennu, whereas Hayabusa2 (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA) will visit the asteroid Ryugu.
  Herbivore and mycorrhizal mediation of carbon cycling in heather moorlands
  Dr S M Sait, Dr K. Field, Prof P Chapman
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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The multiple drivers of environmental change, such as climate change and pollution, have led to widespread negative impacts on ecosystem functioning and services that are critical for human well-being.
  Feedback-responsive protocells
  Dr P Beales
Applications accepted all year round

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Feedback in chemical systems can give rise to clocks, bistable switches or oscillations; all of these features are employed by living cells in order to generate robust decisions and outputs while existing in a deafening background of thermodynamic noise.
  Nutrient cycling and oxygenation of shallow seas during the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and the early Jurassic
  Dr R Newton, Prof S Poulton, Dr C Little, Prof P Wignall
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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This project will examine changes in nutrient and oxygen availability across an extended period of Earth history from just before the Triassic-Jurassic (T-J) boundary extinction, through its recovery interval and into the environmental changes that characterised the early Jurassic.
  Unlocking past and present climatic and anthropogenic drivers of environmental change influencing Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park (Borneo, Malaysia)
  Prof J Zinke
Application Deadline: 13 June 2019

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Study a set of unique coral cores covering up to 200 years of ocean climate history from Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park (MSCRNP).
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