Funded post-graduate research opportunities at NUI Galway
The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) at NUI Galway supports 10 academic staff, 4 senior researchers, 6 post-doctoral researchers and about 30 post-graduate students who contribute to multi-disciplinary research across a wide range of topics in earth, ocean and environmental sciences. The Griffith Geoscience Research Awards (GGRA), established by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and managed by the Geological Survey of Ireland, seek to attract early stage researchers from abroad and to encourage Irish researchers to visit international centres of geoscience research. EOS has been awarded > €3m within the GGRA scheme to
expand its research in coastal and marine science and is seeking applicants for 2 funded 4-year post-graduate research positions, one each in the following areas:
*PhD 1: The 'Understanding coastal aquifers in karst regions'* project is concerned with integrating aqueous chemistry, geophysics and hydrogeology to establish the chemical variability of groundwater and the pathways connecting coastal aquifers with coastal surface and transitional waters along the west coast of Ireland. We require a PhD student with demonstrable experience in physical hydrogeology to acquire data necessary for the development of conceptual and practical models of recharge, storage and flow in karst regions of the Burren in the west of Ireland. The student will focus on submarine groundwater storage and discharge using physico-chemical parameters, calculations of transit times of water in coastal karstic
catchments using natural isotopes, calculations of the flow-time distribution, quantification of event water to the total runoff and identification of 'hot-spots' in eastern Galway Bay. Some experience in modelling of groundwater flow regimes would be an advantage. The outcomes of the research project are congruent with the aims of the EU Groundwater Directive.
*PhD 2: The 'Understanding the seabed'* project brings together a range of researchers with expertise in geophysics, sedimentology, hydrodynamic modeling, oceanography and benthic biology. The project is using Geological Survey of Ireland and national Marine Institute databases from the INFOMAR programme to understand wave and current dynamics and their interaction with seabed processes in the coastal zone. We require a PhD student to help with the construction and interpretation of coupled hydrodynamic - sediment transport models in order to understand seabed sediment processes and their effects on benthic habitats. An initial study area will be Galway Bay, particularly at its eastern end, where there is an abundance of existing data on seabed geophysics and geology, benthic currents, hydrographic and
ancillary environmental data.
To apply, please download the simple 2-page electronic application form:
www.nuigalway. ie/eos/researcho pportunities. html , e-mail the completed form, a full CV and any other relevant information to *Dr. Colin Brown* (colin.brown@ nuigalway. ie). Please use the subject line 'Griffith PhD Application Galway: PhD1' for PhD1 and the equivalent for PhD2. Please cc to florian.einsiedl@ nuigalway. ie.
*Applicants will not be considered without a completed application form.*
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