Apply Now for PhD studentship at Birkbeck starting September 2018

Applications are sought for one fully-funded London NERC DTP studentship (for a September 2018 start) that will be based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London. Potential project titles include:

  • A geological puzzle related to the subduction history of the southern Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fluvial and lacustrine sedimentation in a foreland basin
  • Evolution of explosive magmatic systems on oceanic islands: example of Brava (Cape Verdes)
  • Modelling the effects of partial melt on seismic waves
  • Joint Seismic tomography for the Africa plate and underlying mantle
  • Assessing early hominin diet using carbon isotope analysis of cut-marked bone
  • Can boron isotopes be used as a proxy for palaeo-frugivory?
  • Constraining the glacial carbon cycle
  • Mineralisation in the chondrichthyan vertebral column: evolutionary patterns and functional diversity

Details of projects available can be downloaded as a pdf. Alternatively, you can develop your own project in consultation with a member of staff who has the appropriate expertise. Staff email contact details can be found here.

Applications should be made through Birkbeck’s online system by the closing date of 11am on 20th July 2018. Please include the unique project identifier and a supporting statement explaining why you wish to study your selected project, your CV, copies of your transcripts or degree certificate(s), and details of TWO referees, including contact email addresses. Candidates are strongly advised first to check their eligibility for NERC funding on the London NERC DTP website and to make contact with the relevant lead supervisor when preparing their application. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified shortly after the closing date.

The successful applicants will join Cohort 5 of the London NERC DTP in September 2018 and will participate alongside the rest of the cohort in selected training opportunities in their first year, including Induction Week, Skills Fridays at the Natural History Museum and the 10 day California fieldtrip.

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