ORGANISATION/COMPANYThe Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research
RESEARCH FIELDGeosciences › Other
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE28/02/2018 17:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Belfast
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE02/04/2018
Regional Geochemical Provenance of Feedstock: Investigation of Geo-genic Influence on Anaerobic Digestion
A major influence on the efficient operation of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants is feedstock materials which are, in the main part, derived from land surrounding individual operations. These fuel catchments have limited geographical extent, but may include several geologically controlled soil types.
This project will examine the geochemical make-up of anaerobic digester feedstock and by-products from a geographical spread of ADs across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim will be to assess if regional geo-genic variations in underlying geology, soils and ultimately the underlying soil parent material, play a role in AD efficiency?
The project will make use of results of the award winning Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Tellus Project geochemical survey and other high resolution geological map and data resources. A combination of fieldwork, sample collection and analysis, along with ARCGIS and geospatial and geostatistical methods will be available to assess the issue
The main language of the programme is English, hence all applicants are required to be proficient in both spoken and written forms of the English language. If not a native speaker, evidence must be provided of IELTS English proficiency or equivalent at level 6.5 or above.
The Bryden Centre PhD Studentships have been funded under the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme.
The studentships cover the full university fees at EU/UK level and include a yearly stipend of GBP £14,553 per annum (tax free) for up to 39 months. These studentships are open to applicants of all nationalities. These fully-funded doctoral studentships will also offer a generous study package, e.g. research consumables, equipment, travel budget and training when appropriate.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELGeosciences: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Applications are invited from candidates who hold or expect to hold a minimum degree of a 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
EURAXESS offer ID: 279178