|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Fully funded Studentship with a tax-free annual living allowance of £21,000, a research training support grant + UKRI fees paid.|
|Placed On:||3rd February 2023|
|Closes:||31st March 2023|
Fully funded Studentship with a tax-free annual living allowance of £21,000, a research training support grant + UKRI fees paid.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and curious PhD researcher to work on a highly interdisciplinary project to optimize the biological systems in vegetation strips (VS) for the removal of pollutants and nutrient recovery from agricultural runoff, by coupling advanced microbial ecology techniques with traditional sustainable practices. Agricultural non-point source pollution management is critical in controlling the quality of our watersheds. VS are effective improving water quality, however, there are several caveats related to the extended use of VS, including soil characteristics, slope, flowrate, soil microbial activity, and accumulation of pesticides. This strategy will provide a comprehensive understanding of the processes involved in nutrient uptake in vegetation strips, which will be optimized with local and ubiquitous resources for a sustainable and resilient solution. The researcher will use advanced environmental and state-of-the-art molecular techniques to identify key biogeochemical processes controlling nutrient recovery and pesticide removal in VS. The results from this project are expected to produce a sustainable system for efficient pollution control that can be easily implemented in the major areas of concern between agricultural lands and main water bodies. This PhD is linked to the EPSRC CDT WIRe Programme, which gives the additional benefit of attending all programme activities (further information firstname.lastname@example.org).
Number Of Awards: 1
Start Date: 25 September 2023
Award Duration: 4 years
Application Closing Date: 31 March 2023
Sponsor: Newcastle University, School of Engineering.
Supervisors: Dr Lucia Rodriguez-Freire and Dr Shannon Flynn
A First Meng/MSc in a relevant subject or First or upper second class UG degree (2:1). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.
This PhD is open to home UK candidates only.
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