Jobs and Opportunities
PhD positions at Tyndall Manchester, associated with CAST
We’d like to draw your attention to a trio of PhD positions being advertised at Tyndall Manchester, associated with the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (www.cast.ac.uk). We’d very much appreciate if you could share this message with any aspiring Masters students you might have:
Supervisor: Prof C McLachlan
This project will explore the ways in which cities are making significant emissions reductions in order to meet their climate change commitments and goals. It will critically evaluate different approaches and contexts and identify how action at the sub national scale can be accelerated and replicated. The project will deliver high-quality research to inform city level actors as well as stakeholders at national and international levels on the efficacy of different approaches to: climate action planning, target setting, stakeholder partnerships, just transition, finance and measuring/monitoring performance. There will be opportunities to build collaborations with cities in the UK and internationally in order to co-produce analysis and recommendations with stakeholders.
Supervisor: Dr C Hoolohan, Prof C McLachlan
UK water companies have ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with achieving Net Zero by 2030, however the role of residential water demand is as yet unclear. This PhD will conduct a mixed method analysis of the role of demand-side mitigation options including overall reduction, relocation and shifting the timing of water use. Typically, water demand management places emphasis on water companies, the regulators and consumers as agents of change. However, in order to achieve the systemic changes needed to deliver Net Zero, there is a need for a broader perspective on demand that accounts for the multifaceted role of organisations and explores the full range of their influence. The project will deliver high-quality research that will inform the UK water industry’s transition to Net Zero and contribute to achieving sustainability and resilience in water systems. A co-productive approach will ensure that the research informs decision -making and policy-making across the water sector.
Supervisor: Dr R Wood
The mitigation of climate change will involve significant changes to both infrastructure and people’s lifestyles. From increased active travel, diet and changes in the way we heat our homes, lifestyle changes will be central to the successful mitigation of climate change. However successful mitigation is, we will still experience the impacts of climate change – many of which can negatively affect both the provision of infrastructure services and lifestyle changes. This project will systematically identify how the impacts of climate change could affect the deployment and success of changes to both lifestyles and the infrastructure designed to mitigate climate change. It will identify mechanisms through which climate impacts influence mitigation activities, using climate impact data, creating a risk assessment including both quantitative analysis and qualitative analysis. The project aim is to identify how the impacts of climate change (incl increased frequencies of intensive rainfall, changes in mean and extreme temperatures) could influence the successful delivery of decarbonization and how negative impacts can be avoided or minimized.
Successful candidates will benefit from a place within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, two world-leading centres for interdisciplinary climate change research. With access to unrivalled specialist expertise and opportunities to develop transferable skills, as well as the University of Manchester’s extensive training and development programme, these are exciting opportunities for candidates with a good first degree in geography or social science subject
This 3.5 year studentship covers tuition fees at the Home fee rate and provides a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate for a PhD starting in September 2021. EU and overseas students can apply but will need to source additional funding themselves to cover the difference between the tuition fee rates. Self-funded students interested in a relevant topic are also welcome to contact the supervisory team.
PDRA in aviation and shipping fuel supply chains
Tyndall Manchester are recruiting a PDRA for a project funded by the UK Energy Research Centre that is on aviation and shipping fuel supply chains. The role will also have funding from the UK Decarbonising Freight Network to develop proposals and work to connect and collaborate with like-minded researchers. The post is for 22 months starting asap.
Closing date is 13 April 2021. Advert is here.
PhD Scholarship opportunity: Transforming Diets for Environmental Sustainability through Experimental Interventions
This PhD is funded as part of the Critical Decade for Climate Change Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme.
Our global food system is responsible for about a quarter of global carbon emissions. Transformation of this system to lower the rates of emissions is therefore a critical part of any effective solution to meet climate change targets. The role of human diet is crucial, with a shift to a plant-rich diet potentially able to cut projected emissions by about half in this sector by 2100.
This PhD research project will seek to understand potential drivers of dietary changes that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions in different countries. It will investigate dietary interventions in two or three countries comprising a range of socio-economic situations and food consumption systems. The researcher will gather data on real time, future, and near-historical changes in diet, and create and test suggestions for approaches that will tackle this issue fast.
PhD details and application process: https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/phd-doctorate/transforming-diets-for-environmental-sustainability-through-experimental-interventions-penczynski-ueco21cdcc/2021. Deadline for applications: 15th April 2021, to begin on 1st October 2021.
For further details on the PhD opportunity, contact Dr Natasha Grist: email@example.com.
Wider Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars programme details
We are generating a new cohort of 21st Century climate thought leaders with the agile and interdisciplinary skills needed to lead a paradigm shift in how we respond to climate change. The Critical Decade for Climate Change Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars programme will train researchers to look at real-world data in near real-time to generate unique insights into why societies succeed or fail to respond to the threat of climate change. This new generation of scholars will help build the foundations for a healthy planet and a fair society for the future.
Further programme details: https://www.uea.ac.uk/climate/show-and-tell.
Questions about the wider Critical Decade programme or the application process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
NERC ONE Planet DTP - PhD studentships available
The NERC ONE Planet DTP have 13 fully funded PhD studentships available. Applications for September 2021 entries are now open. Awards include 3.5 years of fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£15,285) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).
Is the future of urban drainage systems blue-green or grey? Supervised by Oliver Heidrich
Natural Resources and Urban Climate Strategies Supervised by David Manning (and Oliver Heidrich)
The full list of studentships https://research.ncl.ac.uk/one-planet/studentships/ Further details about the One Planet scheme https://research.ncl.ac.uk/one-planet/
Postgraduate or postdoctoral research positions:
If you are interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral research within the four Tyndall Centre Research Themes (Accelerating Social Transitions / Overcoming Poverty with Climate Actions / Building up Resilience / Reaching Zero Emissions), please contact the member of academic staff whose research most matches your interests to discuss opportunities. We are always looking for highly motivated young scientists to join our research groups.
If you are interested in research opportunities and you cannot find a suitable PhD position or research position in these topic areas to apply for then please contact us to discuss. If you are a self-funded PhD student or you are considering research fellowship applications then do get in touch with us. We offer substantial help in mentoring prospective candidates and helping them prepare fellowship applications.
If you are interested in applying for Independent Research Fellowships within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, we can help you identify appropriate funding schemes, arrange visits to discuss your potential research projects with our academics, assist you in preparation and provide feedback on your application, and provide support and mentoring during your fellowship if subsequently awarded. For further information on fellowships, please contact email@example.com.