PhD Studentship 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 can offer Two (2) fully funded, four-year PhD studentship to start in October 2022 (or as soon as possible there afterwards and no later than January 2023) on the following topics:

Understanding the controls on enrichment and mobilisation of critical metals from granite
Supervisors: Dr Madeline Humphreys, Dr Catriona Menzies, Professor Jon Gluyas, Dr Alex Iveson

Experimental and modelling appraisal of underground hydrogen storage: anything but a 'Rough' future!
Supervisors: Dr Stuart Jones, Dr Julia Knapp, Professor Jon Gluyas, Professor Jeroen Van Hunen

Understanding the new threat from below - reverse vulnerability assessment of the risk of deep geological storage
Supervisors: Professor Fred Worral, Dr Julia Knapp

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. The GeoNetZero CDT projects will have close collaboration with our work on geoenergy at the Durham Energy Institute

The studentship is 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 2022/23 academic session, this is £4,327 for fees and £17,688 for living costs. Funding is available for UK citizens only or those that meet the UK residency requirements. 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 encouraged to contact Dr Stuart Jones directly for more information about the projects. Students must begin their research as soon as possible and before January 2023 at the latest.

There is an application deadline of 19th October 2022 by 17:00 (GMT).

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 Louise Bowron, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University for questions about the application process:

published: 26 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.