PhD Studentship - Fjord Meltwater and Sediment Delivery in a Fast Changing High Arctic Anvironment

Loughborough University

Start date: October 1st 2018

Interview date: Week beginning February 12th 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Jeff Evans

Secondary supervisor: Dr Richard Hodgkins

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Project Detail:

The Arctic is experiencing rapid warming, changes in the balance of snowfall and rainfall and a loss of snow- and glacier cover. Consequently, shifts in the amount and timing of freshwater runoff to fjords and their surrounding oceans are taking place. But because the Arctic is still so sparsely-measured, documenting such changes and their impact on the water cycle and supply of sediment to the glacier-fed fjords remains challenging, reducing confidence in the prediction of their effects. Nevertheless, this little-measured freshwater runoff is a critical input to the marine environment, and changes in it are likely to drive changes in sediment transfer, glacimarine sedimentation and coastal circulation. There is a pressing need to determine the patterns and changes of freshwater runoff and sediment input to fjords and is an important priority for understanding and forecasting environmental change in the wider Arctic, particularly considering the prospect of continued and accelerating future change.

This project focuses on the contribution of freshwater and suspended sediment transfer from onshore sources to Arctic fjords in Svalbard, their subsequent behaviour as they mix with fjord waters, and the tools that are best able to measure and monitor variability in them. In-situ oceanographic, geophysical and sedimentological and remote (Unmanned Aircraft System and satellite data and imagery) approaches combined with modelling will be used to quantify the changing freshwater and sediment supply to high Arctic fjords.

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For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (, or contact Dr Jeffrey Evans (; or Dr Richard Hodgkins (

Entry requirements:

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Science, Oceanography or Environmental Science.  A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage. The successful candidate will undertake multi-disciplinary research and fieldwork in Svalbard.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2018. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (in 2017/18) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18) and a research training support grant of £8,000.  Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder only students with a UK/EU fee status will be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at RCUK Terms & Conditions.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Jeff Evans

Email address:

Telephone number:  +44 1509 223038

How to apply:

To apply:

  • Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from
  • All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Geography”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA17-LU7 when completing your online application.

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