[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Studentship in Bioenergy crops, climate, and ecosystems in the UK at the University of Exeter

Harper, Anna A.Harper at exeter.ac.uk
Fri Apr 7 10:51:03 MDT 2017

PhD studentship in "Bioenergy crops, climate, and ecosystems in the UK” at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Application Deadline May 1 2017.

A fully-funded PhD opportunity is available for a motivated candidate with a numerical and/or physical science background to join a new research group in Climate and Vegetation at the University of Exeter. The PhD student will investigate the impacts of climate on bioenergy crop production, and the impacts of bioenergy crops on climate and ecosystems in the UK. Research topics include potential for production of biomass for energy generation under several scenarios of climate and land cover change in the UK; impacts of bioenergy crops on ecosystem services (e.g. the provision of food and water, and storage of carbon on land); and impacts of land cover change to bioenergy crops on local climate, since changes in vegetation type can influence the overlying atmosphere.

The work will be done using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) land surface model, a process-based model being updated to include bioenergy crops and their harvest potential. Land-atmosphere interactions will be investigated using the UK Earth System Model (which includes JULES), the model used by the UK Met Office for future climate predictions. Prior experience with programming is not required but an aptitude to learn is.

For more information on the project and how to apply see https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=84651&LID=506, or contact the primary supervisor for informal enquiries: Dr. Anna Harper: a.harper at exeter.ac.uk<mailto:a.harper at exeter.ac.uk>. This is a 3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

The Exeter Climate Systems group at the University of Exeter uses concepts from various branches of mathematics to help improve fundamental understanding and prediction of weather and climate and their interaction with society (http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/research/xcs/). The group is recruiting several PhDs for Fall 2017: https://www.findaphd.com/search/phd.aspx?keywords=exeter+climate

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent if applying from outside the UK, in a relevant field (e.g. Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Computer Science or Engineering, or Meteorology). Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have Master’s degree.

Anna Harper, PhD
College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences
University of Exeter
Laver Building, North Park Road
Exeter, EX4 4QE

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