PhD Studentships in Geoscience and the Low Carbon Energy Transition

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) entitled GeoNetZero is a new program of PhD research and training created to address key areas in Geoscience and its role in the Low Carbon Energy Transition and Challenge of Net Zero ( ).

We are pleased to announce as part of the GeoNet Zero CDT the Department of Earth sciences at Durham University is able to offer two (2) fully funded, four-year PhD students to start in October 2020 on any one of the following topics:

  • Controls of Pore Fluid Pressure on Fault Slip Modes: Implications for Injection Induced Seismicity; Supervisors: Dr Nicola De Paola, Prof Stefan Nielsen, Prof Andy Aplin
  • Strategic and Rare Earth Elements Through Waste Industrial Spoil Extraction (StREET WISE); Supervisors: Prof Chris Greenwell, Prof Jon Gluyas
  • Using evaporite sulphate isotopes as a palaeo-seawater proxy; Supervisors: Dr Darren Gröcke, Tom McKie (Shell, Aberdeen)
  • Geological evolution of sub-unconformity basement highs in rifted margins; Supervisors: Prof Ken McCaffrey, Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Prof Bob Holdsworth, Dr Tom Phillips
  • The Heat Beneath Our Feet: Modelling Mine Energy Systems; Supervisors: Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Prof Jon Gluyas, Dr Charlotte Adams (The Coal Authority)

You will be part of an annual cohort of 17 students which, in addition to undertaking your PhD research, receives bespoke, residential training of direct relevance to the low carbon energy transition. Instructors are both expert academics from across the CDT and also experienced industry professionals but the ethos of the training is that students and course leaders interact as peers.

At Durham, you will join a large group of postgraduate students working on many aspects of geoenergy and low carbon transition in the Department of Earth Sciences. All of the GeoNetZero CDT projects will have close collaboration with our work on geoenergy at the Durham Energy Institute

The studentships are fully funded for 4 years and cover tuition fees and stipend at the UK Research & Innovation recommended levels for each year of study. For the 2020/21 academic session, this is £4,327 for fees and £15,009 for stipend. Funding is available for both UK and EU citizens. Studentships also provide a generous £5k per annum Research Training & Support Grant (RTSG) allowance.

The studentship period is 4 years in order to accommodate the CDT's bespoke 20-week residential training programme, attendance on which is a condition of acceptance of a funded CDT studentship.

How to Apply

Applicants are welcome to contact project supervisors directly for more information about the project. Students must begin their research on 1st October 2020.

There is an application deadline of Thursday 9th April 2020 by 17:00 (GMT) (Interviews will take place early in May 2020).

Applicants will need to apply on-line via the University's on-line application system. Please ensure you state in your application that you are applying for a GeoNetZero PhD. Please contact Miss. Louise Bowron Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University for questions about the application process: +44 (0)191 334 2198.

published: 06 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.