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Open for Applications: Fully funded 4-yr PhD available at TCD

As part of an SFI-funded project, Beyond biofuel: Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery and climate change mitigation at Trinity College, we would like to appoint a PhD student to start in September 2021. This multi-disciplinary PhD project will test new methods for the cultivation of seaweed, supervised by ecologist Nessa O’Connor (Zoology, Trinity College), explore seaweed ecological genetics with co-supervision from Trevor Hodkinson (Botany, Trinity College) and test their potential for producing biomedical products with co-supervision from Conor Buckley (Bioengineering, Trinity College). We are now seeking applications from highly qualified and ambitious candidates to undertake this PhD at the School of Natural SciencesTrinity College Dublin

This scholarship includes:

  • EU Fees for a PhD in Science at TCD for 4 years
  • Annual stipend: €18,500 (currently for 45 months).

Application Procedure

You must be able to work independently, be hard working and solution-oriented and willing to participate fully within a dynamic and friendly research team. The successful candidate will hold an Honours Degree (2.1 or higher) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Marine Biology). An MSc or equivalent research experience would be an advantage. Other highly desirable skills include previous experience of lab-based molecular techniques, a good knowledge of data analyses (e.g. experimental design, R coding skills), and a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings.

Applications should comprise of a single PDF Document that contains the following:

  • A cover letter: Your letter should clearly set out your suitability and motivation for this PhD with reference to your past relevant experience and achievements.
  • A CV that includes your relevant experience, undergraduate results, postgraduate results (if applicable), any relevant publications and contact information for 2 academic referees.

Please send applications to: Dr O’Connor ( ).

This project is funded by the SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Programme.

Other opportunities:

We are always very happy to consider applications from excellent and enthusiastic PhD and postdoctoral researchers. If you are interested in pursuing PhD or postdoctoral research in our group, please email us, describing your specific interests and career goals, and attach your CV.

There are several competitive Irish and European awards available (e.g. IRC, Royal Society-SFI Research Fellowships and Marie Curie) that allow people to pursue a PhD or postdoctoral research through scholarships and fellowships. If you feel that you may be competitive enough to get one of these and are interested in the research that we do, then please get in contact.