University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Science
Program: Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Contacts: Dr S Loucaides , Dr A Nightingale , Dr Stathios Papadimitriou , Dr S Fowell
Deadline: Monday, January 04, 2021
About the Project
Working with engineers and scientists from the Ocean Technology and Engineering group at NOC, the successful PhD candidate will optimize novel sensor technology through laboratory tests, calibrations and technical trials in local waters to improve their performance. The candidate will lead the integration of sensors on a number of autonomous vehicles such as the Autosub Long Range and Waveglider, and participate in already planned and funded sea trials to the North and mid-latitude Atlantic and collecting scientific data on CO2 dynamics. The candidate will join new deployment opportunities as they become available to collect new data in ocean acidification hot spots such as the Arctic and S. Oceans and participate in capacity building campaigns to developing nations, enabling autonomous monitoring of coastal waters and generating new data from tropical reef environments. The ultimate aim of this project is to evaluate new technologies as tools for long term, high performance, autonomous ocean acidification observations and their potential for integration into a global ocean acidification observing system. The potential for using autonomous technology for capacity building applications (in countries were sophisticated laboratories are unavailable) will also be evaluated.
The INSPIRE DTP programme provides comprehensive personal and professional development training alongside extensive opportunities for students to expand their multi-disciplinary outlook through interactions with a wide network of academic, research and industrial/policy partners. The student will be registered at the University of Southampton and hosted within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group of the National Oceanography Centre. Specific training will include: the science and metrology of carbon dioxide and the dissolved carbonate system, autonomous systems and their application to carbon observing, instrumentation development, analytical chemistry and sensor engineering.
Are a UK or EU national.
Have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK.
Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the project.