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The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at University of St Andrews currently has IAPETUS PhD Studentships available

NERC PhD studentships in Earth and Environmental Sciences (IAPETUS)

Location: St Andrews
Salary: ~£14,000 per annum
Hours: Full time or Part time

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at University of St Andrews currently has IAPETUS PhD Studentships available to Home/European Union candidates with the relevant qualifications. IAPETUS is the North East of England’s and Scotland’s multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for the environmental sciences funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in a united approach to doctoral research and training the next generation of leaders in the science of the natural environment. IAPETUS Studentships cover:

  • Full payment of tuition fees;
  • A tax-free stipend set at ~£14,000/year (UK residents only)
  • Access to extensive research support funding and facilities;
  • A wide range of technical and general skills training.
IAPETUS projects are co-supervised in partner institutions within the DTP and sometimes include additional external supervisors

IAPETUS projects are co-supervised in partner institutions within the DTP and sometimes include additional external supervisors. Here is a list of IAPETUS project titles currently advertised at St Andrews in a range of Earth and environmental science topics:

  • Sensitivity of Mediterranean Riparian Forests to Climate Driven Water Availability
  • The Paatusoq Complex and the Spatial and Temporal Evolution of the Gardar Rift, South Greenland
  • Using mantle diamonds to place new constraints on the nature of the deep carbon cycle
  • Methane clathrates and the glacial-interglacial cycle
  • The ‘Rise and Demise’ of the Scottish Caledonian Forest: Spatial Complexity and Underlying Mechanisms
  • Biological regulation of Earth’s early atmosphere
  • Copper isotope insights into planetary differentiation
  • Does subducted ammonium hydrogenate the mantle?
  • The effect of hydrothermal alteration and seafloor weathering on the oceanic Si isotope cycle
  • Alluvial Fan Evolution: Topographic Development and Consequences for Downstream Depositional Archives
  • The Return of the Snowball: Determining Conditions that Generate Snowball Earth glaciations
  • Seesaws vs twins: what are the roles of the North Atlantic and North Pacific in rapid climate change?
  • Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic
  • Trends, rhythms, and aberrations in the Cenozoic carbon and sulphur cycles
  • Groundtruthing the coral – seawater phosphate palaeoproxy
IAPETUS projects are co-supervised in partner institutions within the DTP and sometimes include additional external supervisors

A full list of projects currently on offer at the University of St Andrews through IAPETUS can be found here https://www.iapetus.ac.uk/category/institution/st-andrews/

For more information on the IAPETUS program please go to https://www.iapetus.ac.uk/. For details on one of these positions at the University of St Andrews please contact the relevant supervisor to discuss the project further (required prior to submitting an application). For more detail on PhD study in the Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences at St Andrews, please visit our departmental webpage. For administrative assistance contact the Departmental Secretary.

General information about studying at the University of St Andrews as well as the online application form can be found on https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/. The closing date for applications is 22nd January 2016.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all and has a series of University wide diversity awards including the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award, the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter, see https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/. We welcome applications from women, persons of colour and persons with disabilities. You can find out more about Equality and Diversity in the University at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/.


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