UK Seabed Resources Ltd offers two fully funded studentships for pursuing PhD programme at the Plymouth University Marine Institute. Applicants from developing nation are eligible to apply for this programme.

Brief Description: Applications are invited for two fully funded international PhD studentships within Plymouth University’s Marine Institute funded by UK Seabed Resources Ltd as part of its training proposal and in line with its contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore for potential Polymetallic Nodule collection in the deep Pacific Ocean.

Award Includes: There are two fully funded studentships offered.

Study Program:  Studentships are available for pursuing PhD programme at the Plymouth University Marine Institute.

Study Major: The subjects of the two PhDs are:
-The application of predictive modelling to marine spatial planning associated with deep-sea mining.
-A new look at the critical material potential of polymetallic nodules using advanced imaging techniques.

Host Organization: Plymouth University, UK

Eligibility Required? -Candidates for the PhD training programme in polymetallic nodules should hold a degree and masters qualification in a relevant subject such as geology/earth sciences, geochemistry, chemistry, mineralogy or environmental science, or equivalent education acceptable to Plymouth University.
-Candidates for the PhD training programme in deep sea marine biology should hold a degree and masters qualification in a relevant subject, preferably marine biology, or equivalent education acceptable to Plymouth University. It is desirable that the candidate have work experience in a relevant field, such as experience of undertaking benthic surveys, use of GIS, statistical modelling, and/or skills in species identification. The ability to be able to go to sea for up to two months is highly recommended.
-Both candidates should also meet the entry requirements for Plymouth University, have the ability to read and write English to a level of at least IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each category, reading, writing, listening and speaking), be in good health, and be able to provide two satisfactory written reports from academic referees.

Number of Awards: There are two studentships available.

National/International Students: Applicants from developing nation (Afghanistan, Guatemala, Pakistan, Albania, Guinea, Palau, Algeria, Guinea-Bisau, Panama, Angola, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Argentina, Haiti, Paraguay, Armenia, Honduras, Peru, Azerbaijan, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Romania, Belarus, Iran, Islamic Rep., Rwanda, Belize, Iraq, Samoa, Benin, Jamaica, São Tomé and Principe, Bhutan, Jordan, Senegal, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Seychelles (Transitional), Botswana, Kiribati, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Korea, Dem Rep., Solomon Islands, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Kyrgyz Republic, South Africa, Burundi, Lao PDR, South Sudan, Cabo Verde, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Lesotho, St. Lucia, Cameroon, Liberia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Central African Republic, Libya, Sudan, Chad, Macedonia, FYR, Suriname, China, Madagascar, Swaziland, Colombia, Malawi, Syrian Arab Republic, Comoros, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Congo, Dem. Rep, Maldives, Tanzania, Congo, Rep., Mali, Thailand, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, Timor-Leste, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Togo, Cuba, Mauritius, Tonga, Djibouti, Mayotte, Tunisia, Dominica, Mexico, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Turkmenistan, Ecuador, Moldova, Tuvalu, Egypt, Arab Rep., Mongolia, Uganda, El Salvador, Montenegro, Ukraine, Eritrea, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Vanuatu, Fiji, Myanmar, Vietnam, Gabon, Namibia, Palestine, State of , Gambia, The, Nepal, Yemen, Rep., Georgia, Nicaragua, Zambia, Ghana, Niger, Zimbabwe, Grenada and Nigeria) can apply for these fully funded studentships.

Governing Body: UK Seabed Resources Ltd

Application Procedure: To apply email a CV and covering letter to Francesca Niedzielski (studentship 1), or Sharon Healy (studentship 2). The CV must include the names and contact details of two academic references. Applicants must also send a nomination form to Plymouth (not the ISA at this stage) that should be completed by a senior official of an institution (e.g. university) or government authority.

Submission Deadline: The application deadline is 15th June 2015.

For more details visit the official site.