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PhD: Past carbon accumulation by blanket bogs


The PhD position is part of the PCARB project (Investigating the past climate influence on the carbon accumulation rates of Irish blanket bogs). The research will develop three records of past carbon accumulation rates from coastal, upland and mountain blanket bogs in Ireland. To enhance our understanding of the causes of past carbon accumulation variability, the project will also develop a suite of reconstructions showing past peatland vegetation, surface wetness and peat humification at each site.

Fully funded 4 year PhD available to start from June-September 2023 supervised by Dr Lisa Orme. The position is based in the Geography department at Maynooth University as part of the ICARUS Climate Research Centre.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in geography, geology or a related discipline (2:1 or higher). Experience of research on palaeoclimate, sedimentology, peatlands or other related topic desirable but not essential. Interest and enthusiasm about the topic and conducting research are a must. Candidates should be interested in and comfortable doing fieldwork on peatlands and in conducting laboratory and microscope work. Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Deadline: 31st March

To apply: please email a C.V. and cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to Lisa Orme ( by midnight on the 31st March 2023. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in May.

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