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Fully Funded International PhD Studentships Within Plymouth University’s Marine Institute, UK


June 15, 2015


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Applications are invited for two fully funded international PhD studentships within Plymouth University’s Marine Institute funded by UK Seabed Resources Ltd as part of its training proposal and in line with its contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore for potential Polymetallic Nodule collection in the deep Pacific Ocean. 

The subjects of the two PhDs are:

1. The application of predictive modelling to marine spatial planning associated with deep-sea mining

2. A new look at the critical material potential of polymetallic nodules using advanced imaging techniques.


Both studentships will start on 1 October 2015, each with a duration of four years. 

Applicants must be from a developing nation, will be based in Plymouth UK and be able to participate in extended research cruises. To apply email a CV and covering letter to Francesca Niedzielski (studentship 1), or Sharon Healy (studentship 2). The CV must include the names and contact details of two academic references. Applicants must also send a nomination form to Plymouth (not the ISA at this stage) that should be completed by a senior official of an institution (e.g. university) or government authority.

The closing date for the application paperwork to arrive at Plymouth University is 15 June 2015


Candidates for the PhD training programme in polymetallic nodules should hold a degree and masters qualification in a relevant subject such as geology/earth sciences, geochemistry, chemistry, mineralogy or environmental science, or equivalent education acceptable to Plymouth University.

Candidates for the PhD training programme in deep sea marine biology should hold a degree and masters qualification in a relevant subject, preferably marine biology, or equivalent education acceptable to Plymouth University. It is desirable that the candidate have work experience in a relevant field, such as experience of undertaking benthic surveys, use of GIS, statistical modelling, and/or skills in species identification. The ability to be able to go to sea for up to two months is highly recommended.

Both candidates should also meet the entry requirements for Plymouth University, have the ability to read and write English to a level of at least IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each category, reading, writing, listening and speaking), be in good health, and be able to provide two satisfactory written reports from academic referees.

Please check your eligibility by viewing a list of developing nations on the International Statistical Institute website.

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