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NERC CENTA Environmental Science PhD Studentships

A number of fully funded studentships in environmental sciences are available to UK and EU students that meet the residency and qualification eligibility criteria. The research projects below are in competition for the funding. The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding. These studentships are available as part of the NERC DTP CENTA consortium. For more details of the CENTA consortium and the training opportunities available please see the CENTA website.

Recruitment for entry in October 2019 will open in November 2018.


Available Projects:

Principal Supervisors

Project

Application

Professor Robin Allaby, School of Life Sciences

Oceanic island museomics: human impact and the natural laboratory paradigm  

Deadline: 21st January 2019

Dr Mark P. Barrow, Department of Chemistry

A better understanding of environmental impact through ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and organic geochemistry  

Deadline: 21st January 2019

Dr Mark P. Barrow, Department of Chemistry

Reading the molecular fine print: Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands industry  

Deadline: 21st January 2019

Professor Gary Bending, School of Life Sciences

Global diversity and ecosystem functions of a newly discovered plant-microbe symbiosis  

Deadline: 21st January 2019

Dr Claudia Blindauer Department of Chemistry

A biogeochemical conundrum: How do metals cross the bacterial outer membrane?  

Deadline: 21st January 2019

Professor Timothy Bugg, Department of Chemistry

Understanding microbial lignin degradation in soil   Deadline: 21st January 2019

Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences

Quaternary and methylated amine cycle in coastal oceans: new genes, novel microbes and unexpected pathways  

Deadline: 21st January 2019
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences Microbial lipid cycling in the oceans: an integrated ‘omics’ approach   Deadline: 21st January 2019
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences Genetic Dark Matter? Functional characterization of a non-coding RNA regulation of microbial metabolism of climate active trace gases   Deadline: 21st January 2019
Dr Andre Pires da Silva, School of Life Sciences Environmental maternal effects and intergenerational inheritance   Deadline: 21st January 2019

Dr Hendrik Schäfer, School of Life Sciences

Cave exploration: shedding light on organic sulfur cycling in a terrestrial underground chemosynthetic system   Deadline: 21st January 2019
Dr Hendrik Schäfer, School of Life Sciences Revealing a cryptic organosulfur cycle in benthic marine environments using microbiology and metagenomics   Deadline: 21st January 2019
Dr Hendrik Schäfer, School of Life Sciences Microbial communities cycling organic sulfur compounds in Arctic sea ice   Deadline: 21st January 2019
Professor Vasilios Stavros, Department of Chemistry Microbial sunscreens for better life   Deadline: 21st January 2019


UK and EU students:

Eligibility

This funding provides full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and pays an annual stipend in line with UK Research Councils (currently £14,777).

Application

  • View the available projects
  • Make an initial project enquiry by contacting supervisors directly.
  • Complete the online application form - choose PhD in Life Sciences and enter NERC studentship in the Finance section. Please also complete the CENTA application form  and submit it as an attachment to your online application form.
  • Upload a transcript from your current or previous study, a CV and any other documents that you feel would support your application (within 24 hours of submitting your online applicaion you will receive a link allowing you to upload additional supporting documents).
  • Ask your referees to submit a reference for you by 28th January 2019 at the very latest. Note: when you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees requesting a reference for you. This email will contain a secure link for your referee to upload a reference for you.


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