iCRAG and the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) are delighted to invite applications from suitably qualified applicants to the iCRAG – GSI Environmental Geosciences Postgraduate Programme, supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the GSI. The iCRAG-GSI Environmental Geosciences Postgraduate Programme offers eight PhD studentships in five different Irish research-performing organisations – UCD, TCD, DCU, NUIG and UCC.

The programme will adhere to the Seven Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training and the National Framework of Doctoral Education. It will provide training with a strong disciplinary base and both a policy and innovation focus, which delivers not only a high-quality research experience and training for the student, but also preparation for varied and flexible careers in a wide variety of settings. Each student will be fully integrated into the doctoral programmes at local level and will have access to a range of academic courses, group meetings, seminars and presentations.

Each postgraduate student will complete a Research and Professional Development plan, with input from their postgraduate supervisor. The Research and Professional Development plan will comprise three sections: research plan; professional development plan and doctoral studies panel meetings. The plan will give the student a framework within which to reflect on their skills as a researcher, set their goals and build a portfolio of evidence for progress review meetings and future job applications. Specific cohort training will comprise several workshops which will align with existing iCRAG activities. Each student will have the opportunity to undertake a secondment during their PhD training.

Applicants can select a project from a list of eight PhD projects (see below). Projects are fully funded for four years with a stipend of €18,500 per annum, include fees for EU applicants, and have a start date of 3rd September 2018.

1. PhD topicCharacteristics of slow moving submarine landslides

Supervisor: Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou

Institution: University College Dublin

2. PhD topicChemosynthetic pathways to increased carbon dioxide sequestration and improved productivity in soil

Supervisor: Dr Brian Kelleher

Institution: Dublin City University

3. PhD topicThe impact of organic matter on heavy metal bioavailability in urban soils: experimental and field-based approaches

Supervisor: Dr Maria McNamara

Institution: University College Cork

4. PhD topicThe link between stress, fluid flow, and subduction dynamics: Implications for offshore geohazards and resource development

Supervisor: Dr David McNamara

Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway

5. PhD topicAssessing the response of the AMOC during times of abrupt climate change

Supervisor: Dr Audrey Morley

Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway

6. PhD topicSpatiotemporal multiscale Modelling of Antimicrobial Resistance in The Irish subsurface Environment (SMARTIE)

Supervisor: Dr Jean O’Dwyer

Institution: University College Cork

7. PhD topicTARGETing crystallisation for Enhanced Carbon Capture and Storage (TARGET-CCS)

Supervisor: Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

8. PhD topicThe effect of climatic warming on the frequency of volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Supervisor: Dr Emma Tomlinson

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

More information is available on the Geological Survey Ireland website.

Source: Geological Survey Ireland