University of Birmingham is seeking a motivated PhD student for the project, “Identifying tipping points regulating greenhouse gas emission from soils at two forest free air co2 enrichment experiments.” The project will take place primarily at the University of Birmingham, UK, with a season at Western Sydney University in Australia. Nitrous oxide and methane production and consumption will be investigated through tracing techniques (15N and 13C), while fluxes from soils will be measured using pore-air sampler and chambers to unravel previously unexplored pathways of GHG production and consumption in mature forests under elevated CO2. The ideal student will have a rigorous background in soil science, ecosystem ecology, stable isotopes, and/or environmental science (e.g., MS or First Class Honours).
PhD Project - Identifying tipping points regulating greenhouse gas emission from soils at two forest free air co2 enrichment experiments
Application start and end date:
21st January 2019 to 6th February 2019
Full payment of tuition fees at Research Councils UK fee level for year of entry (£4,270 in 2018/19), to be paid by the University; An annual maintenance grant at current UK Research Councils rates (national minimum doctoral stipend for 2018/19 is £14,764), to be paid in monthly instalments to the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar by the University. All studentships will come with a minimum of £3,000 Research Training Support Grant. This can be increased up to a maximum of £12,000. Supervisors should indicate from where any further costs necessary for the project will be sourced.