Blue Flower

PhD in Aquatic Biogeochemistry


Applications are invited for a full-time three year PhD research position in Dundalk Institute of Technology, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, as part of the CONTROL project (Cattle Exclusion from Watercourses: Environmental and Socio-economic implications). The successful applicant will be part of a research team consisting of two PhD students (one based in UCD), one post-doctoral researcher, and two research assistants/technicians. The project partners also include Teagasc (lead partner), UCD and DCU.




The loss of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from grassland systems to water has been highlighted as one of the main threats to water quality in the EU, including in Ireland. Measures proposed under the new Green Low carbon Agri-environmental Scheme (GLAS) to control these losses include preventing bovine access to watercourses. Such measures have been shown to reduce deterioration in water quality in some, but not all, studies. The project will involve a combination of literature review, fieldwork, laboratory-based analysis, and dynamic modelling to assess the relative magnitude of nutrient losses from cattle access points, identify the main drivers of these losses, and investigate the effects of fencing as a mitigation measure.




Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Upper Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Biology). The successful candidate should possess a knowledge of catchment processes and nutrient cycling generally, have lab-based experience in nutrient analysis, a knowledge of multivariate statistical analysis, and be highly self-motivated. NOTE: A full EU driving licence is also essential.




The student will be based in the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology. The successful candidate will be registered as a full time research student in DkIT, working under the supervision of Dr Eleanor Jennings, with additional supervision from Dr Daire Ó hUallacháin (Teagasc). The PhD degree will be awarded by DCU



The PhD position provides an annual stipend of €22,000. DkIT fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for three years. Fees at DkIT for doctoral students are currently €4,150 per year for EU citizens and for non-EU citizens. Note that the student may also be required to pay for some additional training from this stipend.


The position will start as soon as possible after 1st of April 2015 and/or when the most suitable candidate is identified thereafter.


For informal enquires in relation to the position please contact


Dr Eleanor Jennings (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies

Department of Applied Sciences, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland.

Application Procedure


Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to the Institute's Research Office at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. by the 28th February 5pm.