4 Year funded PhD in Seabed / Benthic Boundary processes

Funded Programme: EU Horizon 2020: Technology based impact assessment tool for sustaInable, transparent Deep Sea Mining exploration and exploitation (TRIDENT)

Project Line Manager: Professor Andy Wheeler, Professor of Geology, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Project description: We seek a PhD candidate to join the UCC Marine Geosciences Research Group (https://www.ucc.ie/en/marinegeology/) funded through the EU-TRIDENT programme (https://deepseatrident.eu/). TRIDENT is tasked with developing technologies and recommended protocols within the European context for managing and monitoring (in real time) the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining.

Position Description: The PhD candidate will assess data from Little MonSta lander deployments (ADCD, sediment trap, pH, Temperature, Salinity, Turbidity, DO), sediment cores and ROV mapping coverages from the summit of Tropic Seamount, offshore Mauritania, to advanced our understanding of benthic boundary conditions and the palaeoenvironmental development of Tropic Seamount where cobalt crusts and ferromanganese nodules occur.

The successful candidate will be a member of School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences Graduate School at University College Cork, starting as soon as possible, with a stipend of €18,500 with full fees covered.

Candidate Experience: The candidate should have 2H1 or higher in Marine Geosciences or equivalent. Experience with hydrodynamics and geological data analysis is preferable. The candidate should be a team player, fluent in English and demonstrate an aptitude for studying hydrodynamic time-series data.

Application: Please e-mail a CV and a cover letter (stating Job Title) outlining your experience and motivation to Professor Andy Wheeler (a.wheeler@ucc.ie). Enquiries to a.wheeler@ucc.ie. Closing date for application is 25th September 2023.

posted: 23 August 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.