I am delighted to offer a NERC-funded PhD project in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh for admission in 2020. This project will be supervised by me and co-supervised by Dr Geoff Bromiley. Follow this link to find out more about the project.
Application deadline: 9th January 2020
Summary: Micro-organisms like bacteria are the progenitors of all life on Earth and have driven the evolution of our planet for over three billion years. To understand life’s origin, early evolution, and resilience to major environmental changes in Earth history, we must explore the fossil record of ancient bacteria — which also inform the search for life on Mars. But to “read” this record, we need to understand how it was written. How do bacterial remains actually decay, mineralize, mature, and metamorphose to produce the observable characteristics of fossils? Armed with this information, can we better understand some of Earth’s oldest and most important fossil assemblages? This project will combine experimental work on microbial communities with high-resolution micro-analysis of important fossil examples.
To be eligible for a fully funded studentship, you must be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (this applies to all citizen categories).
EU citizens who will not have lived in the UK for the immediate 3 years preceding the start of the studentship but who will have been ordinarily living in an EU/EAA country for at least the past 3 years, would normally be eligible for a Fees Only Award. Fees Only Awards only cover fees and research costs. They do not include stipend. Therefore, funding to cover living costs for at least 3 years will need to be sought from another source.