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PhD on beach-dune systems, NUIG

Beach-dune environments as a Nature-based Solution

Understanding controlling variables in human dominated landscapes

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday, 30 June 2021

A Structured Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship is available for four years to further our understanding of how beach-dune systems may be utilised as a nature-based solution for coastal protection, in the face of climate change impacts on the coast. The project is a collaboration between the discipline of Geography at NUI Galway and the Climate Action Regional Office, Atlantic Seaboard North (CARO ASBN)

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The Research Project

This project will examine:

  1. the extent of human pressures and responses to events controlling post-storm recovery pathways

  2. the contributions of physical, biological and human components in the critical zone seaward of the foredune. The project will assess post-storm recovery by incorporating humans as a geomorphic agent.

The successful candidate will be housed at NUI Galway, within the discipline of Geography under the supervision of Dr Kevin Lynch (Geomorphologist) and Dr Terry Morley (Ecologist). The successful candidate will be expected to apply for additional external funding opportunities.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • A master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., environmental science, conservation, botany, earth or physical sciences, or similar degree)

  • Demonstrated GIS experience

  • Ability and experience, identifying and mapping habitats

  • Experience with field monitoring and data collection

  • Full, Irish or EU driver’s license.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • Experience with GPS field surveying equipment

  • Experience in geomorphological research

  • Computer literacy in data management, data manipulation, and statistical analysis (knowledge of the R programming language preferred)

  • Understanding of EU directives and policies and national legislation regarding natural areas

  • Understanding of concepts around the ‘integrated management’ of natural environments.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 5pm (GMT)

After shortlisting, interviews will take place virtually in July 2021. Candidates will be notified of the outcome by 01 August 2021 and studies will commence in September 2021.

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