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Nine PhD positions in the School of Natural Sciences: Deadline 13 May 2011

05 April 2011

Earth and Natural Sciences structured PhD Programme
(4 year PhD Programme - 10 studentships)


Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates to undertake doctoral research under this PRTLI-funded structured PhD programme. Projects will fall within the following strands: Earth and Computational Climate Modelling; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Energy and Environmental Engineering; Sustainable and Competitive Agriculture; Transport and Water Engineering. Nine of the studentships will be run through the School of Natural Sciences and one in the School of Engineering This 4 year structured PhD programme will be conducted in close cooperation with UCD The programme will include training modules in generic and discipline related skills.

The studentships include EU fees and an annual stipend of €16,000 and they will commence from September 2011. TCD project titles and lead supervisors are detailed in the table below. Further details of the proposed projects and application procedure can be found at
NB.  Application deadline is 13 May 2011 and all applications must be made through:

Research Theme

Project Title

TCD School

Lead Supervisor

Supervisor email

Earth and Computational Climate Modelling

1.1 Modelling the thermal structure of onshore Ireland and its offshore basins

Natural Sciences

David Chew

1.2 Biomineralisation and Isotope Proxies for Environmental Change

Natural Sciences

Quentin Crowley

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2.1 Modelling past and future fire regimes in the Irish uplands

Natural Sciences

Fraser Mitchell

2.2 Novel methods to quantify differences in community structure: development of stable
isotope metrics in a Bayesian framework

Natural Sciences

Andrew Jackson

2.3 Advance warning indicators for the vulnerability of Cold Water Coral ecosystems to environmental change: a basis for
sustainable resource anagement

Natural Sciences

Carlos Rocha

Energy and Environmental Engineering

3.1 Assessment of the potential of Irish on- and offshore Carboniferous black shales and coal-bearing sequences for CO2 sequestration

Natural Sciences

Geoff Clayton

Sustainable and Competitive Agriculture

4.1 Examining the challenges to applying a One Health approach to addressing the risks to animal and human health from emerging and re-emerging zoonoses in Rwanda

Natural Sciences

David Taylor

4.2 Evolution of woodiness in grasses (Poaceae) including biomass and bioenergy crops

Natural Sciences

Trevor Hodkinson

Transport and Water Engineering

5.1 Design of linear wetlands for contaminant attenuation in highway runoff.


Paul Johnston

5.2 Sustainable nutrient and metal removal from domestic and industrial wastewaters using Lagarosiphon major and other submerged macrophytes under temperate conditions

Natural Sciences

Nick Gray



Last updated 2 August 2012