PhD in Seabed and Habitat Mapping in Geology

Closing Date for Applications: 16th March 2018
Job Type: PhD Studentship (Structured PhD)
Stipend: 18,000 plus fees
Post Duration: 4 years

Position Summary

A PhD candidate is sought to undertake a benthic habitat mapping project based on the acquisition of multibeam echosounder, benthic video and samples, and environmental data from selected high priority potential marine protected areas on the North Irish / Scottish Shelf. The PhD will explore novel approaches to habitat mapping and seabed characterisation, the application of seabed mapping for predictive habitat designations and the explore the confidence of habitat maps in dynamic seabed environments. Working with other project partners, the PhD student will feed into habitat models and the use of novel survey technologies.

The candidate will join the marine geology group in UCC where existing projects focus of habitat mapping in cold-water coral rich submarine canyons, understanding sediment transport in heavy mineral rich shelf settings and developing GIS-based development models of offshore windfarm development

This PhD forms part of a multipartner project supported by INTERREG VA programme.

The candidate should ideally have:

  • a 2H1 or high BSc qualification in a relevant discipline
  • experience in the application of geological/geographical approaches to marine habitat mapping
  • experience or an aptitude for benthic species identification and marine ecology
  • experience with GSI
  • the ability to work in a team but the resourcefulness self-motivate
  • the ability to ask critical questions of data and discern opportunity to development impact research questions that can be feasibly addressed
  • good communication skills

For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact: Prof. Andy Wheeler, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.; Telephone: +353 21 490 4577

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Prof. Andy Wheeler at the above email address on or before the closing date of 16th March 2018 for an April start date.

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