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All our post-graduate vacancies are offered in partnership with academic host institutions.  Our involvement varies according to each studentship.  Please look at each vacancy advert and links for details. 

Below we list current post-graduate vacancies supported by us. 

PhD: Understanding the effects of climate change on nature’s undertakers (burying beetles) and the ecosystem services they provide.

Closing date: Monday 5 December 2022.

The aim of this PhD is to link temperature-induced behavioural changes at the individual level to ecosystem-level processes in a global change context. It will examine how climate change may affect nutrient cycling and other ecosystem services provided by scavengers. It will also investigate possible avenues for mitigating such effects of climate change on ecosystem processes.
This PhD project is a CASE studentship supported by Forest Research, provided in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and Queen’s University Belfast.

Further information.

PhD: Can soil animals protect soil carbon in a warmer and drier world?

Closing date: Friday 6th January 2023 at 12pm.

This PhD will determine how diverse detritivores (soil animals that feed on decomposing litter) control soil carbon storage under different climatic scenarios. It will use a range of integrated field sampling, experimental climate change simulations, and laboratory incubations. 

This PhD project is a CASE studentship supported by Forest Research, provided in collaboration with University of Stirling and UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Please note that in order to apply for this studentship, applicants must complete both the application form and the EDI form on the on the IAPETUS website by 6th January 2023 at 12pm. If you are longlisted you will be contacted by the 20th January 2023 and invited to put in a full application to the university where the PhD is based by 15th February 2023.

Further information.

PhD: Soil carbon and biodiversity response to Scottish Highland rewilding.

Closing date: Friday 6th January 2023 at 12pm.

This PhD will evaluate the carbon and biodiversity benefits of rewilding across a network of rewilding initiatives across Scotland, through a focus on soils and its interactions to the surrounding environment. 

This PhD is a CASE studentship supported by Forest Research, provided in collaboration with University of Stirling and UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Please note that in order to apply for this studentship, applicants must complete both the application form and the EDI form on the on the IAPETUS website by 6th January 2023 at 12pm. If you are longlisted you will be contacted by the 20th January 2023 and invited to put in a full application to the university where the PhD is based by 15th February 2023.

Further information.

PhD (via MPhil): Soil biodiversity function in enhancement of tree establishment and growth in urban settings.

Closing date: 6 January 2023.

This project will investigate the effects of soil invertebrates (particularly earthworms and microarthropods) in enhancement of tree establishment and growth within the built environment. The role of these as biological indicators of soil quality will be investigated, including within engineered tree-pit systems – frequently used yet challenging planting sites.

This PhD is offered by University of Central Lancashire in association with Forest Research.

Further information.