UK Geoenergy Observatories - Pre-announcement of training opportunities

13 December 2018

NERC are inviting PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs) to apply for a number of new training opportunities being offered at the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project sites.

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project will establish new centres for world-leading research into the subsurface environment. The British Geological Survey is delivering the research infrastructure and will operate the facilities over their 15-year lifetime.

Three distinct training opportunities will be available under this initiative. Details will be published in announcements of opportunity, as they are finalised. The indicative timetables and details are provided below.

Activity 1: Site visits

This activity will enable postgraduate students and ECRs to learn from and observe the drilling process and early activities at the field sites. The initial opportunity will be for visits to the UKGEOS Glasgow site and are available for up to 12 PhD students / ECRs. The visits will take place over one day, likely between June and December 2019 in line with confirmation of the drilling phases at the field site, and will include a briefing on the capabilities of UKGEOS and associated research opportunities.

AO publication: January-February 2019
Application deadline: March 2019
Applicants notified: March 2019 (indicative)
Visits commence: June-December 2019

Activity 2: Ideas workshop

This workshop will take place in February or March 2019 (venue TBC), and will enable PhD students and ECRs, together with experienced academics and innovators, to generate novel research and innovation ideas that extend the reach and impact of UKGEOS.

AO publication: January 2019
Application deadline: Late January 2019
Applicants notified: Late January 2019 (indicative)
Workshop commences: February-March 2019

Activity 3: Research internships

This funding is available for PhD students and ECRs, for up to three months (full or part time) from autumn 2019, to undertake analysis and interpretation of samples from the Glasgow boreholes and/or pilot-scale research / innovation development relating to the UK Geoenergy Observatories.

AO publication: March 2019
Application deadline: Late May 2019
Applicants notified: June 2019
Internships commence: from September 2019


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