Posted on 28/11/2012
Fully funded 3-year PhD Studentship
Investigation of Lateglacial sediment sequences at Wykeham Quarry, Vale of Pickering, Yorkshire.
Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London is seeking to appoint a full-time PhD student to contribute to an industry-funded research project that aims to understand the links between landscape evolution, climate change and humans during the Lateglacial period. The successful candidate will generate high-precision stratigraphical, climatic and chronological data in order to advance our understanding of this subject, by analysing the exceptional record preserved at the site of Wykeham Quarry in North Yorkshire. Specifically, the PhD project will require extensive field and laboratory investigations using a range of analytical methods. The successful candidate will work closely with the funder (Hanson Aggregates), commercial, and academic partners alongside other members of the research team, and with research associates working on cognate projects in the UK. The successful candidate will also be expected to prepare the resulting data in a format suitable for dissemination to both scientific and non-specialist audiences.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates with a background in Quaternary Science or related discipline. Applicants must demonstrate experience and competence in (a) appropriate field sampling methods, (b) the construction and interpretation of high-precision chronologies (based on radiocarbon sampling and tephrochronology - the two key chronological techniques most appropriate for this site), and (c) the interpretation of complex Lateglacial stratigraphical archives. The candidate will hold a strong (2:1 or higher) undergraduate and preferably an appropriate masters- level degree in a related discipline. Some previous experience with the completion of time-limited research projects and liaising with industrial partners would be advantageous.
The anticipated start date for this PhD project is January 2013.
The successful candidate will be awarded full-time tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£15,590 in 2012-13) for the full three-year duration of the PhD project*.
Further information about the project can be obtained from Dr Ian Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to apply
To apply for this studentship please complete an application form, the form and a step by step guide to completing the form can be found through the link below:
Fully-completed applications must be submitted 11th December 2012 at the latest.
* Subject only to final agreement on the terms and conditions of the research contract.