PhD Studentships

PhD Studentships

We have a number of phd studentships on offer in the school and through various research council doctoral training centres. Many of these have funding available.

Training will be provided through our partnership with Manchester University. Our training programme will provide all PhD students with an opportunity to collaborate with an academic or non-academic partner and participate in placements.

Ocean Sciences

Arsenic determination in groundwater from West Bengal: challenges and solutions
  • Supervisors:Pascal Salaun, University of Liverpool | Claire Mahaffey, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Metal speciation in a dynamic intermittent hypoxic marine environment (Loch Etive, Scotland)
  • Supervisors:Dr. Pascal Salaun, University of Liverpool | Prof. Jonathan Sharples, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Impact of recent climate change on phytoplankton composition in the Arctic Ocean
  • Supervisors:Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies, University of Liverpool | Prof Claire Mahaffey, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Nutrient limitation in the Arctic Ocean
  • Supervisors:Claire Mahaffey, University of Liverpool | Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Dynamics, instability and tracer spreading in a hydrothermal plume
  • Supervisors:Prof. Ric Williams, University of Liverpool | Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


The imprint of the Atlantic jet stream and storm track on ocean overturning in the North Atlantic
  • Supervisors:Prof. Ric Williams, University of Liverpool | |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Controls on Iron Bioavailability to Arctic Microorganisms
  • Supervisors:Dr Hannah Whitby, University of Liverpool | Prof Claire Mahaffey, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Controls on Dissolved Iron Distributions in the Southern Ocean
  • Supervisors:Dr Hannah Whitby, University of Liverpool | Prof Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Ecology & Marine Biology

Understanding the importance of spatio-temporal variation in oceanographic and climate conditions for biological traits
  • Supervisors:Dr Samantha Patrick, University of Liverpool | Prof Jonathan Sharples, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Energy flow and food webs in deep seafloor ecosystems: a multifaceted approach to testing deep-sea models with biochemical observations
  • Supervisors:Dr Rachel Jeffreys, University of Liverpool | Prof Andrew Hirst, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Earth Sciences

Artificial Intelligence in volcano seismology and eruption forecasting
  • Supervisors:Dr Silvio De Angelis, University of Liverpool | Prof Yan Lavallee, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Before the Inner Core? Palaeomagnetic field intensity measurements from Proterozoic-aged Scandinavian igneous and baked Rocks
  • Supervisors:Prof Andy Biggin, University of Liverpool | Dr Greig Paterson, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


A destabilising dynamo? Tracing and explaining Earth’s magnetic field evolution through the Cenozoic
  • Supervisors:Prof Andy Biggin, University of Liverpool | Dr Richard Holme, University of Liverpool | Dr Greig Paterson, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Magma Ascent Down Under: Magma Flow in Basaltic Fissure Systems
  • Supervisors:Dr. Janine Kavanagh, University of Liverpool | Dr. Elisabetta Mariani, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Volcanic plumbing system dynamics and their impact on communities living near active volcanoes
  • Supervisors:Dr. Janine Kavanagh, University of Liverpool | Dr Heather Sangster, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Monitoring magma rheology-seismicity feedbacks during volcanic eruptions
  • Supervisors:Prof. Yan Lavallée, University of Liverpool | Dr. Silvio De Angelis, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Volume changes during diagenesis and metamorphism: where are they?
  • Supervisors:Prof John Wheeler, University of Liverpool | Dr. Betty Mariani, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


How do dehydration reactions work?
  • Supervisors:Prof John Wheeler, University of Liverpool | Dr. Betty Mariani, University of Liverpool | Dr Dave Mcnamara, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


What fault properties control earthquake rupture in the shallow portion of subduction zones?
  • Supervisors:Prof Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool | Dr. Ben Edwards, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Snap, crackle or pop? Understanding induced seismicity from fluid injection
  • Supervisors:Prof Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool | Dr. Ben Edwards, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Exploring combined geothermal power and mineral extraction potential of the Galway granite complex
  • Supervisors:Dr David McNamara, University of Liverpool | Prof. John Wheeler, University of Liverpool | Prof Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Mineral scaling of fracture fluid pathways in geothermal reservoirs – an experimental approach
  • Supervisors:Dr David McNamara, University of Liverpool | Prof. Yan Lavallée, University of Liverpool | Prof Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


How much can a landscape take?
  • Supervisors:Dr Robert Duller, University of Liverpool | Dr James Lea, University of Liverpool | Prof. Pete Burgess, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Improving Paleointensity: A key to understanding the past and future of Earth’s magnetic field
  • Supervisors:Dr Greig Paterson, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Biggin, University of Liverpool | Prof Richard Holme, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Detecting geomagnetic reversals: How low can you go?
  • Supervisors:Dr Greig Paterson, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Biggin, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Development of a workflow for the assessment of eruption source parameters and volcanic plume rise.
  • Supervisors:Dr Silvio De Angelis, University of Liverpool | Prof Yan Lavallee, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Durability of detrital grain-coating clays during sediment transport
  • Supervisors:Dr Iris Verhagen, University of Liverpool | Prof R H Worden, University of Liverpool | Dr S De Angelis, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Environmental controls on turbidity current dynamics
  • Supervisors:Dr Iris Verhagen, University of Liverpool | Dr C Stevenson, University of Liverpool | Dr S De Angelis, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Fault systems and fluid-rock interactions in the oceanic lithosphere: Implications for carbon capture
  • Supervisors:Dr Elisabetta Mariani, University of Liverpool | Dr Pablo Gonzales, University of Liverpool | Prof. John Wheeler, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


The origin of pseudotachylytes in seismogenic fault zones and their role during slow interseismic creep
  • Supervisors:Dr Elisabetta Mariani, University of Liverpool | Prof. Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Caprock and overburden characterisation: avoiding leakage of CO2 from CCS sites
  • Supervisors:Prof Richard Worden, University of Liverpool | Prof Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Mountains to Basins: Evolution of structure and sedimentary architectures within an actively deforming foreland basin
  • Supervisors:Dr Chris Stevenson, University of Liverpool | Prof. Dan Faulkner, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Bringing machine learning techniques to geophysical data processing
  • Supervisors:Dr. Leonardo Uieda (University of Liverpool) | Dr. Silvio De Angelis (University of Liverpool) |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Large-scale mapping of the thickness of the crust from satellite gravity and gravity gradient data
  • Supervisors:Dr. Leonardo Uieda (University of Liverpool) | Prof. Richard Holme (University of Liverpool) |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Physical Geography

Detecting ancient carbon leaking from permafrost soils across the Arctic
  • Supervisors:Joshua Dean, University of Liverpool | Richard Chiverrell, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Aquatic and gaseous carbon exchanges in managed land-systems in the British Uplands
  • Supervisors:Prof R C Chiverrell, University of Liverpool | Dr Joshua Dean, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Disentangling environmental change in the Amazon: vegetation responses to Holocene drivers in the National Park of Yasuni (Ecuador).
  • Supervisors:Encarni Montoya, University of Liverpool | Fabienne Marret-Davies, University of Liverpool | Rachel Smedley, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Salt intrusion and salinization management in coastal areas for a sustainable food production and ecosystem health
  • Supervisors:Nicoletta Leonardi, University of Liverpool | |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Salt marsh resilience in Chingming Eco-Island, China
  • Supervisors:Nicoletta Leonardi, University of Liverpool | |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Erosion hazards in river catchments: How resilient is critical infrastructure to climate change?
  • Supervisors:Dr James Cooper, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Plater, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


How does changing bed topography during floods effect turbulence and flow resistance in rivers?
  • Supervisors:Dr James Cooper, University of Liverpool | Dr Jonny Higham, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Understanding tree rings – how the interplay of climate and seed production controls tree growth
  • Supervisors:Dr Andrew Hacket-Pain, University of Liverpool | Dr Neil Macdonald, University of Liverpool | Dr Encarni Montoya, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Assessing the millennial and centennial variability of the West African Monsoon during the late Quaternary: palaeodata and modelling approach
  • Supervisors:Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Morse, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Understanding the response of variability in tree reproduction (masting) to climatic and environmental change
  • Supervisors:Dr Andrew Hacket-Pain, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Morse, University of Liverpool | Dr Joshua Dean, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


How does glacier runoff impact the stability of glaciers and their proglacial environment?
  • Supervisors:Dr James Lea, University of Liverpool | Dr Stephen Brough, University of Liverpool | Prof Claire Mahaffey, University of Liverpool Prof Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Resolving the frequency of mass movements (landslides, rockfalls) in response to climate change with new luminescence techniques
  • Supervisors:Dr Rachel Smedley, University of Liverpool | Dr Elisabetta Mariani, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Ice response in the Andes (24-55 °C) to climate variability of the Little Ice Age
  • Supervisors:Dr Rachel Smedley, University of Liverpool | Dr James Lea, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Hidden greenhouse gas emissions from urban waterways
  • Supervisors:Dr Joshua Dean, University of Liverpool | Dr Sarah Clement, University of Liverpool | Prof Andy Plater, University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Make Liverpool’s Air-Quality Great Again – Sensing our city
  • Supervisors:Jonny Higham, University of Liverpool | Andy Morse, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Disentangling landuse and climatic roles in sediment delivery to upland British lakes
  • Supervisors:Dr Heather Sangster, University of Liverpool | Prof. Richard Chiverrell, University of Liverpool |

Application deadline: 10 January 2020