3 PhD Positions in University College Dublin
Three, 3-year PhD scholarships are available in University College Dublin on an EPA-funded,
multidisciplinary project (ReConnect) to harness the existing knowledge base and develop a
validated methodology for prioritising selection of barriers on rivers for modification or removal to
improve hydromorphology and connectivity in Irish freshwater systems.
All students will be involved in fieldwork mapping barriers on selected Irish rivers but each student
will work on a different component of the project. All will benefit from interaction with a multidisciplinary
team of researchers and with each other.
Start date: April 1st 2016 (or as soon after that as possible)
Scholarship: €22,550 in year 1 to €23,902 in year 3 (Note: annual registration fees are deducted
from these figures)
PhD Position 1
Location: UCD School of Biology & Environmental Science; Supervisor: Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn
Research will focus on the effect of various types of barriers, singularly or in combination on aquatic
ecology (fish, macrophytes and macroinvertebrates), and responses to their removal.
Applicants should have completed a good honours Bachelor or Masters degree in Environmental
Science, Zoology or related discipline and have studied freshwater ecology. Experience in
identification of freshwater biota and in multivariate analyses would be an advantage.
PhD Position 2
Location: UCD School of Geography and UCD School of Civil Engineering;
Joint Supervisors: Dr. Jonathan Turner and Prof. Michael Bruen
The research will (I) characterise the hydromorphological (flow, sediment dynamics etc.) impacts of
various types of barriers and associated attributes of channel boundaries (bed and bank form and
composition) including (ii) an evaluation of existing tools to predict effects and (iii) the development
of a decision support methodology to prioritise barriers for removal.
Applicants should have completed a good honours Bachelor or Masters degree in either Geography,
Science or Engineering. The preferred candidate will have some knowledge of either hydraulics,
hydrology, or river morphology and will have good computational skills, including the ability to
programme in a recognised high level computer language.
PhD Position 3
Location: UCD School of Biology & Environmental Science; Supervisor: Dr Jens Carlsson
The research will investigate the feasibility of using environmental €DNA (species specific qPCR and next
generation sequencing based metabarcoding) to examine the catchment-wide impact of various types of
barriers, singularly or in combination, on key fish and macroinvertebrate species.
Applicants should have a good honours Bachelor or Masters degree in Zoology, Genetics or related
discipline. Experience in lab-based genetics is a requirement while familiarity with qPCR and/or
eDNA would be an advantage.
A letter of application and CV should be forwarded by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (PhD
Position 1), email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org (PhD Position 2), or
email@example.com (PhD Position 3) by Friday February 5th, 2016