miércoles, 17 de abril de 2013

Beca Doctoral en Reino Unido para Agrónomos

Una beca doctoral muy apañada e interesante, espero que os sea de interés. Mirar que el último día para realizar la aplicación es el 22 de Abril!!! Daros prisa!!
"Determination of the methane (CH4) fluxes and methanogenic/methanotrophic microbial activity in soils with restricted wettability"

PhD position offer at Swansea University (UK)

Project and Aims
Soils represent the largest store of the world’s terrestrial carbon (C). They can become a net source of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), if C mineralization exceeds its accumulation in soil organic matter (SOM) and hence increase total greenhouse gas emissions. Soils are commonly regarded as able to absorb water readily, however, most soils develop some degree of soil water repellency (SWR) after dry spells which can persist for weeks or months. As SWR controls soil moisture it affects microbial respiration and consequently has significant effect on CO2 and CH4 fluxes.
The aim of the study is to determine how CH4 fluxes are affected by soil water repellency, with the specific objectives including the quantification of the CH4 fluxes and determination of the microbial methanogenic and methanotrophic activities in wettable and water-repellent soils.
The work will include in situ monitoring of study sites located nationally and internationally, measurements of gas fluxes under controlled laboratory conditions, quantitative analyses of gases using the Li-Cor gas analyser and GC-MS techniques, determination of microbial community dynamics and functional activity using metagenomic and metatranscriptomic methods.

This work will be conducted in parallel to the on-going research activities of Dr Emilia Urbanek within the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship from the Royal Society which will lead to a comprehensive investigation of carbon fluxes in water repellent soils by examining CO2 and CH4 components.

Applicant requirements
We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated applicants with good team working skills, good analytical knowledge and with a good first degree (1st or upper 2nd class) in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or other related scientific discipline with a keen interest in environmental sciences. Experience with field work is not essential, though desirable.
Any informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Emilia Urbanek at e.urbanek@swansea.ac.uk Tel. +44 1792 602559.


The 3-years funding for the studentship is available from the Royal Society and includes:
  • university student fees (for UK/EU students only),
  • studentship (approx. £13590 per year),
  • consumables,
  • funding for international conferences and training.
How to apply

The exact deadline for the application submission will be advertised soon, meanwhile any informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Emilia Urbanek at e.urbanek@swansea.ac.uk Tel. +44 1792 602559.
To apply for this scholarship, please download the research scholarship application form‌ and return it to the College of Science with the following:
  • Academic References - all scholarship applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as we wil be using these to help us evaluate your application. Please either incude these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to Sandra Kramcha.
  • Academic Transcripts -academic transcripts must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • Applicants should use the Supplementary Personal Statement' section of the application form to explain why the nominated award they have chosen particularly appeals to them and how they would choose to develop it.
Application closing date: 22 April 2013

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