30/01/2018

PhD in Earth and Ocean Sciences: Microstructures and deformation mechanisms from ballistic impacts in stone

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    Cardiff University
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    United Kingdom
  • FUNDING TYPE
    Funding
  • DEADLINE DATE
    19/03/2018
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Humanities
    Professions and applied sciences
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Outline

An increasingly aggressive approach to heritage as a commodity and a target in conflict has caused growing concern in the international community.

In addition to increased incidents of looting, used to raise funds for hostile activities, numerous sites have been deliberately damaged and destroyed. Recent examples of these are the destruction of Palmyra, Mosul and the Great Mosque of al-Nuri.

This destruction is not limited to the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq; for example widespread damage in Yemen and Mali has been largely unreported, yet is creating untold harm to cultural heritage. In the light of this targeted destruction it is now more important than ever to conserve, stabilise and restore heritage in these regions as soon as and wherever possible.

As part of the preparation for peace efforts, a swift response methodology needs to be established to assess and monitor damaged heritage, optimise the use of resources, and identify those sites that could be salvaged if remediation methods are allocated efficiently and in a timely manner. However, it is not possible to effectively conserve heritage caught in contemporary conflict without a sound understanding of the damage mechanisms, and their long-term consequences for site stability.

What is funded

Full UK/EU tuition fees. The studentship consists of an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 subject to satisfactory progress, for three years

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

Candidates should have obtained or be working towards a Master’s degree in a relevant Geological Science at a recognised Higher Education establishment or Research Centre.

As this is a competitive position, you will also have a sound knowledge of petrology and rock deformation, preferably including microstructures and deformation mechanisms.