TEAGASC PHD WALSH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY “Quantifying the impact of hydrology on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural peat soils” Ref: 2021060

Background: We are seeking a qualified, enthusiastic and highly motivated student for a 3-year PhD project funded by Teagasc under the Walsh Scholarships Programme that will investigate processes linking hydrological changes (drainage/rewetting) to soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling in agricultural organic (peat) soils. The research will focus specifically on organic C and N mineralisation and immobilisation and the relationship to soil properties (redox potential and nutrient status). Several sites have been identified within the Carbosol project.

Requirements: The work programme of the student will involve a blend of laboratory and field experimental design, data collection, data analysis, scientific writing and development of scientific manuscripts, presentation of science and networking with experts in the field.

Applications are invited from graduates holding a first or upper second-class primary degree or equivalent or M.Sc. in a relevant discipline (Environmental Science, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Science, Soil Science, Water resource Management, Civil Engineering etc.). The successful candidate should be practically minded and self-motivated. From the start of the project a full EU driving licence is required

Award: The PhD Scholarship is a joint research project between the Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Environment, Soils and Land Use Section and University College Dublin (UCD), School of Biology and Environment. The student will be based at Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Wexford and will be registered at UCD, under the supervision of Prof. Owen Fenton (Teagasc), Dr Florence Renou-Wilson (UCD), Dr Patrick Tuohy (Teagasc), and Prof. Gary Lanigan (Teagasc).

The scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for 3 years. The PhD position is expected to start in 2023. UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end, the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies.

Enquiries/Application Procedure: Applicants should send a detailed CV, letter of motivation (with the names of two referees) to Dr Florence Renou-Wilson (Florence.Renou@ucd.ie) and to Prof. Owen Fenton (Owen.Fenton@teagasc.ie) by no later than Monday 30th January 2023 (17:00 GMT).

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