PhD Opportunities At York

APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 ENTRY ARE NOW OPEN. Closing date for applications is 15th January 2021

Departments of Biology, Environment and Geography, Archaeology and Chemistry

ACCE DTP brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool, along with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Natural History Museum (NHM).

Students will benefit from a PhD training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to produce multi-skilled researchers equipped to tackle cutting-edge environmental science of global significance, embedded within a unique, supportive training environment.

At York, the NERC Partnership brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology, and Chemistry.

All projects are co-supervised, most of them with supervisors in different institutions, to foster innovative science, collegiality, and breadth of experience.

Department of Archaeology studentships

Dr Phil Cox: Morpho-functional evolution of the mammalian scapula

Department of Biology studentships

Dr Colin Beale: Systematic evaluation of community resource-based management conservation 

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra: The genetic basis of convergent evolution in tropical butterflies

Dr Daphne Ezer: Analysing emergent resilience to heatwaves by dense plant communities 

Dr Julia Ferrari: Underground communication: What are the ecological consequences of plants signalling via mycorrhizal networks? 

Prof Jane Hill: Examining climate change impacts on tropical montane butterflies 

Dr Angela Hodge: Does belowground microbial diversity help plants cope with climate change by improving above-ground drought tolerance in plants? 

Dr Kelly Redeker: Plant self-defence for improved potato yield 

Dr Elva Robinson: Ants as ecosystem engineers: using ants to promote biodiversity 

Dr Elizabeth Wandrag: Severe wildfires and plant-soil interactions 

Dr Jamie Wood: Modelling the contribution of individual level heterogeneity to the dynamics and control of future pests 

Department of Environment and Geography studentships

Dr Andreas Heinemeyer: Dynamic landscapes, changing climate and ecosystem functioning: modelling past losses, present extend and future C storage potential of peatlands within the North York Moors National Park

Dr Jon Hill: The past, present and future of the Great Barrier Reef: integrating sedimentology and ecology via modelling and machine learning

Professor Mark Hodson: Surviving the flood: investigating differences in survival between earthworm species in flooded soils

Dr Rob Mills: The microbial ecology of the alpine in a changing winter climate

Dr Dave Rippin: Exploring ‘collapse structures’ as a hitherto unidentified component of glacier mass loss

Dr Brett Sallach: Antimicrobials and anaerobic digesters: minimisation of the risks of AMR and optimisation of antimicrobial removal

Dr Katherine Selby: Sea-Level changes in Thailand

Professor Lindsay Stringer: Restoration decision making in the context of limited resources

Dr Sylvia Toet: Mitigating climate change – Nitrous oxide emissions in agriculture

Appointed candidates will be fully-funded for 3.5 years. The funding includes:

  • Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
  • UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
  • Research support and training charges (RSTC)

International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.

Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.

Creating a Personal Statement

The proforma here provides guidance for the Personal/Supporting Statement segment of the application.

Please see here for our guide to applying to the ACCE DTP

If you have any questions you can join us on the 9th December at 1pm GMT for a live Q&A online via google meet (