Fully-funded PhD opportunities in Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2022.

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science & Health, School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences.

PhD projects open to applications

Enhancing exploration of energy transition metals: directly dating mineralization in the Yukon Territory, Canada (Project Code: SEGG7001022)

The project will be supervised by Dr Catherine Mottram, Dr James Darling (University of Portsmouth), Dr Dawn Kellett (Geological Survey of Canada) and Dr Patrick Sack (Yukon Geological Survey).

The work on this project could involve:

  • An exciting opportunity to conduct geological fieldwork in the Yukon, northern Canada in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada, the Yukon Geological Survey and Canadian exploration mining companies.
  • Hands-on experience working with industry on mineral exploration targets, and getting experience working in mining exploration camps in the Yukon.
  • Solving important problems of how and when metals critical for the energy transition concentrate in the Earth’s crust.

Identifying tempo and magnitude of abrupt environmental changes of the last 15 kyrs by using tephrostratigraphic links in palaeoclimate records from southern England (Project code: SEGG7011022)

The project will be supervised by Dr Sabine Wulf, Dr Mark Hardiman and Dr Derek Rust.

The work on this project could involve:

  • Exciting fieldwork in the Solent region and participation at international conferences.
  • Training by experts in multi-proxy sediment analysis, including XRF and magnetic susceptibility sediment core scanning at partnering facilities, pollen, charcoal and cryptotephra analysis using brand-new analytical equipment at our School.
  • Modelling past environments and contributing to a better understanding of tempo and magnitude of abrupt climate changes to tackle future challenges of global warming.

Funding details

Candidates applying for these projects may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available. Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£15,609 for 2021/22). Bursary recipients will also receive an annual contribution of £1,500 per year towards consumables, conference, project or training costs.

General admissions criteria

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to Apply

We’d encourage you to contact Dr Catherine Mottram (catherine.mottram@port.ac.uk) for project SEGG7001022 or Dr Sabine Wulf (sabine.wulf@port.ac.uk) for project SEGG7011022 to discuss your interest before you apply.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the relevant PhD subject area page and select 'October 2022' intake. You must also quote the relevant project code to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity (links and project codes provided below):

For project SEGG7001022 (Mottram), please apply here.

For project SEGG7011022 (Wulf), please apply here.

Application deadline: 2 May 2022.

posted: 10 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.