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  UCD AmmoniaN2K Research Masters Vacancy

(with potential to transfer to PhD*)

 Agriculture is responsible for most of the global atmospheric ammonia emissions, with domestic livestock and fertilisers the largest sources – Ireland’s agricultural sector is responsible for 98% of national emissions. Though pig and poultry farms constitute a small proportion of total emissions, concentrations near these farms have been shown to have the highest levels of ammonia. The AmmoniaN2K project, which is led by University College Dublin in collaboration with the University of the West of England, has assessed the risk of impacts from atmospheric ammonia on Natura 2000 sites; focusing on emissions from intensive pig and poultry farms.

With Ireland’s recent exceedance of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (2016/2284/EU) limit for ammonia emissions, and required ecological assessment of sensitive sites, it is essential that the programme of monitoring and modelling carried out by the AmmoniaN2K project is extended. The AmmmoniaN2K team seeks to recruit a Research Masters Student with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in an environmental field in Engineering or Science. The successful applicant will initially focus on desktop modelling of abatement techniques relevant to intensive agriculture, with the intention of assisting EPA licensing and supporting Natura Impact Assessments.

*Funding: €25,000 for 1-year Research Masters, starting in January 2019, with a view to converting to a PhD, subject to satisfactory performance. The funding covers fees and stipend.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday December 13, 2018, with a view to interviewing shortlisted candidates the week of December 17, 2018.

Applications: To apply, submit an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae (to include the names and contact details of two academic referees) and a cover letter outlining your motivation to Dr Tom Curran (, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin.

For further information on this opportunity please see the AmmoniaN2K project website (

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