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A total of 190 postgraduate research studentships in Environmental Science will be available across the GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership over five years with the first students having started in October 2014. 140 of these are awarded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), making it the largest of those awarded by the NERC.
The GW4+ DTP programme is one of 15 DTPs and the largest of its kind in the UK.
In addition to the core GW4 partners (the University of Bristol, Cardiff University, the University of Exeter and the University of Bath), the GW4+ DTP brings together a consortium of over 30 research, industrial and third-sector organisations to deliver innovative training to environmental science PhD students.
Those collaborating include: the Welsh Government; Natural Resources Wales; the British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Met Office, the Natural History Museum, BHP Billiton, the Food and Environment Research Agency, and Syngenta.
Under the programme, a minimum of 30 per cent of the students will work with non-academic partners. This is intended to provide students with the valuable industry experience they need to enter a wide range of careers.
At Cardiff University, the following NERC GW4+ DTP studentships for an October 2015 entry are currently available:
PhD in Disease Ecology Project title: Interactions between parasitic helminths (macrobiota) and the gut microbiota in a wild rodent system
PhD in Marine Microbiology Project title: Interactions of "Dark Matter" Bacteria and Archaea in Estuarine and Coastal Sediment
PhD in Evolutionary Biology Project title: Local adaptation and domestication of sheep
PhD in Organisms and Environment (Cardiff University Otter Project) Project title: Dynamics of demographic expansion and population structure in the otter Lutra lutra
PhD in Organisms and Environment (Fungal Ecology) Project title: Forest edge effects on wood decomposition and fungal community development
PhD in Organisms and Environment (Tropical Reef Communities) Project title: Real-time and remote monitoring of cleaner fish interactions
PhD in Parasitology Project title: Infection with Toxoplasmosis: quantifying environmental drivers of infection
PhD in River Catchment Ecology Project title: Trophic Cascades and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Contrasting River Catchments
PhDs in Earth Surface ProcessesAvailable projects:
PhDs in GeodynamicsAvailable projects:
PhDs in GeomicrobiologyAvailable projects:
PhDs in PaleobiologyAvailable projects:
PhDs in Paleoclimate and Climate SystemsAvailable projects:
PhDs in Magmatism and MetallogenesisAvailable projects:
PhD in Marine Engineering (Coastal Sediment Stability)Project title: Coastal Sediment Stability: a mechanistic study of biogenic coastal defence in estuaries
PhD in Marine Engineering (Sandbank Dynamics)Project title: Study of Offshore Sandbank Dynamics
PhD in Marine Engineering (Riverine Fish Habitats)Project title: Modelling hydraulic and physical features of riverine fish habitats
Application deadline: 15 January 2015
The following individual project is also available:
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