3 studentships available now. Closing date 6 December, 2013.The Department has two STFC-funded studentships and one EPSRC-funded studentship for 2013-14 entry. These are open to home applicants, or EU applicants who have lived in the UK for three years or longer. Details can be found here.
Studentships for October 2014 entry.
The University of Oxford has been awarded 24 full NERC studentships per year for the next 5 years as a part of the move to Doctoral Training Partnerships.
In Oxford, these studentships will be available to support research students across the full remit of NERC's research portfolio, which includes the full breadth of research activities in Earth Sciences.
We expect to recruit students across all areas ranging from paleobiology to volcanology; from deep Earth seismology to physical oceanography; and from sedimentary basins and mountain-building to biogeochemistry and climate change.
To apply to start a postgraduate research degree in Earth Sciences, you will need to apply for the 'Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research' - the full details of which are available on the web at www.environmental-research.ox.ac.uk. At this stage, we are not limiting the competition to specified research projects, and we welcome applications and expressions of interest from any well qualified students with an ambition to work in a world-class research environment in the Geosciences.
Earth Sciences – this list is an indication of areas where we expect to be able to supervise research projects for 2014, in the general area of Earth Sciences. Please contact potential supervisors if you'd like further information. This list may be extended.
Externally funded projects
We currently have 2 projects on offer that are fully funded by Abu Dhabi Petroleum, and supervised by Tony Watts, Mike Searle and Dave Waters.
A geophysical study of the Northern United Arab Emirates: Implications for continental collision and ophiolite emplacement (Funded by Abu Dhabi Petroleum)
Tectonics of Northern Oman Mountains: From Ophiolite obduction to continental collision (Funded by Abu Dhabi Petroleum)
Earth’s climate system (Ros Rickaby, Stuart Robinson, Gideon Henderson)
Reconstructing Mesozoic and Cenozoic 'greenhouse' climates and environments.
Reconstructing past climates using new old molecules.
Phytoplankton optimisation to evolving carbon: Implications for the past and future.
Plate tectonics, mountain building and natural resources (Chris Ballentine, Joe Cartwright, Tony Watts, Mike Searle, Dave Waters)
Earthquakes, Active Tectonics, and Mountain-Building in Central Asia
Modelling fracture and cementation in sedimentary rocks
Using noble gases to probe the origins of crustal fluids: oil, water and gas.
Seismology, volcanism, magmatism and the deep Earth (Tarje Nissen-Meyer, Karen Sigloch, Tamsin Mather, Richard Katz, David Pyle, Chris Ballentine)
Deep carbon in deep time
Seismological imaging of mantle structure beneath a hotspot volcano.
Volcanic CO2 emissions in the Main Ethiopian Rift.
The fluid dynamics of magmatism at subduction zones.
Modelling of 3D melt extraction and geochemical transport near mid-ocean ridge transform faults.
Statistical analysis of volcanic behaviour.
Using Earth Observation techniques to understand volcanic processes.
Mantle volatile reservoirs.
Volcanic continental margins and continental break-up.
Understanding the volcanism of the Tasmantid seamount chain
Probing the relationship between slab-surface processes and arc-magma chemistry
Global seismic waveform tomography with massive data volumes
Seismological investigations of the Earth's core-mantle boundary region
Small-scale scattering and attenuation in the Earth's mantle
Seismological studies on the Earth and Sun (Tarje Nissen-Meyer, Karen Sigloch)
Uncertainty estimation in seismic tomography
Iterative optimisation for combined boundary and volumetric structures
Lattice-Boltzmann method for wave propagation
Imaging the Sun's interior with acoustic waveforms
Shallow structures, hazard and seismic sources:
Assessing seismic source properties by waveform modelling
Palaeobiology and Evolution (Roger Benson and Matt Friedman)
Origins and evolution of sea turtles using x-ray imaging of exceptional fossils.
Large scale patterns of vertebrate evolution using advanced statistics and the fossil record.
Using phylogenomics and fossils to dissect adaptive radiation in the pelagic realm'
We will welcome applications from those with, or working for first degrees,or Masters-level degrees, in
- Earth Sciences
- other related subjects.
UK students are eligible for full support, and a range of support will be available for EU and international students.
Please follow the appropriate link below for further details on how to apply:
Please contact Emma Brown with any queries.
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