Cross-Disciplinary

Cross-Disciplinary PhD Proposals 2019-20

Cross-disciplinary PhD research project topics include those that span across disciplines within the School of Natural and Built Environment, and across the University

Available Funded PhD Opportunities

US-Ireland Studentship

UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk Management, & Knowledge for Coastal Flood Risk Management in Urban Areas

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast currently offers a fully funded PhD position (3 years with the possibility of a 1 year post-doctoral extension) as part of the UrbanARK project.

The UrbanARK project is an international multi-disciplinary collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU) funded under the US - Ireland Research & Development Programme.  The multinational project brings together leading researchers across the areas of geomatics, spatial data analysis, hydrology, computer science and risk communication to investigate innovative approaches for the collection and management of spatial data to refine flood risk assessments for urban coastal cities and to support immersive risk communication tools. 

The researcher will be based with the Centre for GIS and Geomatics and the Environmental Change & Resilience Research Group at QUB under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer McKinley and Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger.  The researcher will focus on the acquisition and analysis of mobile LiDAR Scanning and other Remote Sensing data in the urban environment and support the integration of these data into numerical flood risk models and risk communication tools.  Research activities will include field-based activities in Belfast, Dublin and New York and data analysis in collaboration with collaborating research groups at UCD and NYU. 

Qualifications sought:

BSc/BEng 2(i) or higher and/or or an MSc/MEng; Geomatics, Geography, Geoscience, Environmental or Civil Engineering or related subject; must be numerate & familiar with IT; experience of Geographical Information Science (GIS) and digital data acquisition and analysis is advantageous

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Jennifer McKinley (j.mckinley@qub.ac.uk) or Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger (U.Ofterdinger@qub.ac.uk) for further details.

 

AHRC Northern Bridge studentships:https://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/NorthernBridge/

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the humanities will be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship. For further details of this competition, please visit the Northern Bridge website: www.northernbridge.ac.uk. Note that the deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 9 January 2019.

 

ESRC NINE DTP studentships: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/Doctoral-Training-Centres/NINE_DTP/.

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the social sciences may be eligible for a NINE (ESRC DTP) studentship. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 18 January 2019

 

How to Apply 

To apply for any of the opportunities outlined above, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding Cross-Disciplinary PhD research. PhD proposals can be developed in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School, who can be found here: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/NBE/Connect/Staff/.  

Further inquiries about funding opportunities should be directed to theSchool Postgraduate Admissions Officer.