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Research Studentship - Developing of 4D Imaging Methods to Quantify Soil Structural Dynamics with applications to Soil Science and Environmental Engineering
This project aims to use X-ray CT to quantitatively assess the impact of different land management practices and climate conditions (flooding, compaction and land management) on soil structure dynamics through the development of 4D imaging methods.
Reference: THW/14/059651/058 
Salary Details: Stipend: £13,726 (pa) 
Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term 
Contract Term: Full time 

Project Title: Developing of 4D Imaging Methods to Quantify Soil Structural Dynamics with applications to Soil Science and Environmental Engineering 

Abertay University’s Graduate School is fully-funding new doctoral studentships valued at £73,850 each (this comprises tax-free stipend of £13,726 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package, e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget and training when appropriate). The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers. 

Project description: Soil services underpin food security, water provision, global warming, biodiversity and antibiotics. Soil structure regulates these services and the decline of soil structure is one of the main threats to soil and society. This project aims to use X-ray CT to quantitatively assess the impact of different land management practices and climate conditions (flooding, compaction and land management) on soil structure dynamics through the development of 4D imaging methods. The project will develop a joined experimental and theoretical framework to investigate contemporary problems facing soil science and environmental engineering. 

Supervisors: Dr Simona Hapca, Professor Wilfred Otten and Dr Xueyu Geng 

Entry requirements: A related Masters level qualification is desirable but not essential, but candidates must have, or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline such as Environmental/Soil Sciences or Engineering with good experimental and numeracy skills; knowledge of a programming environment would be an advantage. Students with a degree in Maths/Physics or Computing willing to develop interdisciplinary environmental research are equally encouraged to apply. 

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English; the University requires IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.5) or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Home Office. 

Full training in essential techniques including X-ray CT and image analysis as well as soil physics will be provided, and the successful candidate will be supported by an extensive team of biologists, physicists, modellers and engineers from the SIMBIOS Centre and UWTC. 

The Studentship will commence in September 2014 for a period of up to 3.5 years. 

Further details on this project can be obtained from Dr Simona Hapca (simona.hapca@abertay.ac.uk) 

Further information on Abertay University may be obtained from REIS Office , University of Abertay Dundee, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG, Tel:+44 (0)1382 308068, email: rdc@abertay.ac.uk 

Applicants should submit through HIREWIRE a short CV along with a personal statement detailing why you are interested in undertaking this project (this should be no more than one side of A4). 
(NOTE: HIREWIRE ONLY ALLOWS YOU TO SUBMIT ONE DOCUMENT, PLEASE MERGE YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS) 

The closing date for submissions is 15 June 2014.  Full details are available from http://abertay.ac.uk/about/humanresources/jobs/ 

Closing date: 15 June 2014 

If you have questions about this role, please contact: rdc@abertay.ac.uk.  

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