PhD position available in Peatland Hydrology

"Strategies to improve Water quality from Managed Peatlands"

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to study and numerically model the impact of drainage and management measures on water flows from cutaway bogs. This position is funded through an Irish EPA-funded project studying Strategies to improve Water quality from Managed Peatlands (SWAMP project). The successful students will form part of a multi-institute international research team to advance knowledge on the significance and extent of contaminants in affected catchments; the methods and treatment technologies to prevent and reduce pollution as well as predictive tools for effective watershed management involving drained/extracted peatlands that would include land use management and sustainable restoration of cutaway/cutover bogs.

The successful candidate will be based in the UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research in the UCD School of Civil Engineering. The proposed research includes the following tasks:

  1. Experimental field work, including site instrumentation to measure relevant fluxes and assist in geophysical surveys, to characterise the study sites;
  2. Hydrological and water quality modelling. This includes the i) evaluation of existing models available for peat hydrology; ii) determining the relevant water and chemical mass balance and transformation relationships, and iii) develop and apply a numerical model to field measurement sites to simulate the important influences on the hydrological and solute fluxes and predict the effects of management measures.

In addition the researcher is expected to: (i) work in collaboration with the SWAMP team, in particular other PhD students, both in the field and in the laboratory; (ii) carry out field experiments and therefore be comfortable in working in peatland environment; and (iv) develop a management strategies in collaboration with the team.

Consideration will be given to candidates possessing (i) excellent English oral and written communication skills, (ii) aptitude or proven ability in numerically oriented computer programming or model development, and (iii) an understanding of hydrological and water quality processes.

The position is available as soon as possible and is funded for a period of four years. The funding package includes a scholarship of 17,000 per annum plus UCD Tuition fees at EU rates.

Further Information/Applications:

Dr Fiachra O'Loughlin,
Civil Engineeringm University College Dublin
Phone: +353 (0)1 7163222.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants for this PhD position should email: (i) a Curriculum vitae; (ii) a letter of motivation and (iii) names/email addresses of three references to:

Closing date 31 July 2019.

posted: 17 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.