This project is suitable for a student with a degree in Earth Sciences, Engineering or Geography (or a related field) who is interested in renewable energy sources and solutions to reduce our carbon footprint.
An affinity with programming and modelling is useful, although not strictly required. The student will be encouraged to participate in relevant workshops for both project specific and transferable skills.
They will attend national and international conferences, networking events and outreach activities, developing an important network for feedback and future employment. The student will become part of IAPETUS2 doctoral training programme, which offers a multidisciplinary package of training focused around meeting the specific needs and requirements of each of our students who benefit from the combined strengths and expertise that is available across our partner organizations. They may join the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy for additional training activities (e.g. lectures, site visits), while the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) provides opportunities to engage in networking with other energy researchers and professionals involved with industry, policy and governance, as well as with outreach events, competitions and public lectures.
The student will spent a month per year working with BGS co-supervisor, based at the BGS office in Keyworth on modelling groundwater flow and heat transport in the subsurface, but it is expected that the student will also access to wider hydrogeological expertise across BGS. Through the BGS University Funding Initiative (BUFI), the BGS currently supports research training for approximately 130 PhD students across 40 universities. The successful student will become part of this large cohort of researchers.