Fully Funded PhD Positions in Environment, Geography and Geoscience, University of Portsmouth

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Environment, Geography and Geoscience, University of Portsmouth

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Environment, Geography, and Geoscience, University of Portsmouth


Application deadline: 2nd May 2022

The University of Portsmouth is an ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the southeast of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

A 3 year fully-funded PhD positions are available for interested and qualified to commence in October 2022. The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science & Health, School of Environment, Geography, and Geosciences.


Available PhD projects 

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

Project Supervisors: 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 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.

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(2). 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)

Project Supervisors: 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 the tempo and magnitude of abrupt climate changes to tackle future challenges of global warming.


Benefits of the Fully Funded PhD Positions

Candidates applying for these projects may be eligible to compete for one of the limited 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 for the Fully Funded PhD Positions in Environment, Geography, and Geoscience, University of Portsmouth

We’d encourage you to contact Dr. Catherine Mottram ([email protected]) for project SEGG7001022 or Dr. Sabine Wulf ([email protected]) for project SEGG7011022 to discuss your interest before you 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), Apply Here.

For project SEGG7011022 (Wulf), Apply Here.

Application deadline: 2nd May 2022


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