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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.

Application deadline: 25 June 2018

Provisional Interview date: 12 July 2018

Available Projects:

Principal Supervisors

Project

Application

Dr Mark Barrow, Dept. of Chemistry
Dr Christopher Vane, British Geological Survey

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

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Dr Mark Barrow, Dept. of Chemistry
Prof. Gary Bending, School of Life Sciences
Dr John V Headley, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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

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Prof. Tim Bugg, Dept. of Chemistry
Prof. Elizabeth Wellington, School of Life Sciences
 

Understanding microbial lignin degradation in soil


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Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences
Dr Kevin Purdy, School of Life Sciences

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

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Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences
Prof. David Scanlan, School of Life Sciences

Microbial lipid cycling in the oceans: an integrated ‘omics’ approach

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Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences
Dr Hendrik Schaefer, School of Life Sciences

Genetic Dark Matter? Functional characterization of a non-coding RNA regulation of microbial metabolism of climate active trace gases

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Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza, School of Life Sciences
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences
Prof. David Scanlan, School of Life Sciences

Stripping the molecular basis of marine microbial interactions Apply now

Prof. Murray Grant, School of Life Sciences
Dr Lijiang Song, Dept. of Chemistry
Dr David Chandler, School of Life Sciences

Bringing back the ashes – overcoming ash dieback disease in the UK

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Dr Andre Pires da Silva, School of Life Sciences
Prof. Robin Allaby, School of Life Sciences

Sensing and transmission of environmental signals across generations

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Dr Hendrik Schaefer, School of Life Sciences
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences

Is there a cryptic organosulfur cycle in benthic marine environments?

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Dr Patrick Schafer, School of Life Sciences
Prof. Gary Bending, School of Life Sciences

Metabolome, transcriptome and genome profiling to identify rhizo-ecological dynamics

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Prof. Orkun Soyer, School of Life Sciences
Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza, School of Life Sciences

Metabolic and electrical interactions in natural and synthetic cyanobacterial mats

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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 £14,553).

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 2nd July 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.

Interviews: 12th July 2018

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