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  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

    Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    DkIT Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    Fully funded Three Year PhD Studentships - Support for higher education landscape

    reforms Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is one of the leading research intensive Institutes of Technology with over €55M in research funding having been secured by the Institute within its prioritised research areas from both national and international sources. DkIT carries out translational research across ICT, Health, Ageing, Energy, Environment and Creative Arts domains with an emphasis on excellence and impact. One of the strategic goals of the institute is to further enhance its research performance with a particular emphasis on growing the number of registered postgraduate research students within the Institute. Dundalk Institute of Technology recently secured significant funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Education and Skills, through the “Support for higher education landscape reforms” 2019 funding call, with an emphasis on enhancing postgraduate research provision and growing its number of postgraduate researchers at level 10, within the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND) cluster region. At present there are in excess of 80 PhD researchers now carrying out translational research within DkIT with a strategic aim to grow this number, over the coming two to three years, with a target of 110 postgraduate researchers. To this end applications are now invited for 11 fully funded three year PhD Studentships at Dundalk Institute of Technology which will be supported through the secured HEA Landscape funding. Successful applicants will be registered as full time postgraduate research students in the DCU-DkIT Graduate School. Each PhD position will be located on the DkIT campus and the PhD Degree will be awarded by Dublin City University. Funding Each successful candidate shall receive a postgraduate stipend of €16,000 per annum, plus fees and a contribution to their direct research project costs. The duration of each PhD studentship is 3 years. Terms and conditions will apply. Application process Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to aideen.gaynor@dkit.ie no later than 4 pm on Friday April 24th 2020. Please use “Landscape PhD application ” in the subject title. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it is envisioned that all interviews will be conducted remotely via phone or video conferencing. Informal inquiries on each project should be sent to the Project Supervisors listed below. Please note, canvassing will render an applicant ineligible.

    mailto:aideen.gaynor@dkit.ie

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

    Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    Opportunities in Science and Engineering Biological Sciences

    Position Reference LPhD12

    Project title Unravelling the molecular mechanism of inactivation of BK channels by the novel regulatory ƴ subunit - LINGO1

    Project Supervisor Prof. Mark Hollywood

    Informal Enquiries mark.hollywood@dkit.ie or Gerard.sargent@dkit.ie

    Eligibility Criteria: Essential Desirable

    Qualifications

    2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Physiology, biochemistry, or appropriate biological science subject

    First Class Honours Degree in Physiology

    Project Description

    This project focuses on a transmembrane protein that is upregulated in the cerebellum of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Essential Tremor (ET). Patients with additional copies of this gene also present with tremor. We hypothesized that protein in question is a novel regulatory BK channel subunit and previous work conducted by the Smooth Muscle Research Centre suggest that the protein examined is a novel regulator of BK channels which causes a ‘functional knockdown’ of these currents and may contribute to the tremor associated with increased levels of this protein. The current project will examine (i) the precise biophysical mechanism underlying inactivation (ii) the interacting residues in BK and the protein responsible for inactivation and (iii) ascertain if an anti-protein neutralising antibody can prevent inactivation and reverse the ‘functional’ knockdown of BK channels.

    mailto:mark.hollywood@dkit.ie mailto:Gerard.sargent@dkit.ie

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

    Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    Environmental Science

    Position Reference LPhD14

    Project title SEQUESTER - Sediment quantities- Understanding Sediment temporal environment records

    Project Supervisor Prof. Eleanor Jennings

    Informal Enquiries eleanor.jennings@dkit.ie

    Eligibility Criteria: Essential Desirable

    Qualifications

    2.1 degree award in Geography, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Geology or a related subject

    A recognised masters degree in environmental, climatic change or geology

    Experience/Knowledge

     A full clean driving licence

     Good IT skills

     Good data handling and analysis skills

     A good appreciation of environmental matters including water quality, biodiversity and climate change.

     Be able to work on their own and organise their own work timetable

     Strong communication, social media and interpersonal skills.

     Analytical laboratory experience

     A knowledge and understanding of carbon cycling and peatlands

     A track record of working with environmental issues

    Project Description

    Lakes play a critical role by providing archives of past environmental information for the surrounding catchment and the lake itself. Lake basins accumulate organic sediments and thus are also an important sink in the global carbon cycle. This project will use palaeolimnological techniques to examine physical, chemical, and biological information preserved in sediment profiles from Lough Feeagh in the Burrishoole catchment, Co. Mayo. Post-glacial and Holocene environmental changes will be reconstructed at centennial and millennial time-scales as a parallel for the history of fish populations being examined (using eDNA) in BEYOND 2020 (https://www.dkit.ie/beyond-2020). Following training, the successful student will analyse sediment physical and geochemical measurements, as well as biological fossils (diatoms), to shed light on

    mailto:eleanor.jennings@dkit.ie https://www.dkit.ie/beyond-2020

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

    Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    long-term climate-induced catchment and lake productivity change and to discriminate between in-lake and catchment-derived sediment sources. This study will feed into ongoing work at Burrishoole by integrating the longer sediment temporal context (geoscience) with ongoing catchment high frequency monitoring and ecology projects

    Position Reference LPhD09

    Project title RETINA- Remote Sensing of Global Surface Waters

    Project Supervisor Prof. Eleanor Jennings

    Informal Enquiries eleanor.jennings@dkit.ie

    Eligibility Criteria: Essential Desirable

    Qualifications

    2.1 degree award in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering or related subject

    A masters degree in environmental science, climatic change or statistics

    Experience/Knowledge

    High level of mathematical,

    data handling and analysis

    skills.

    Knowledge of freshwater

    science.

    Be able to work on own initiative and organise own work timetable

    Strong communication, social media and interpersonal skills

    Experience in use of R or Matlab

    Knowledge of lake physics

    Knowledge of climate change effects

    on freshwater systems

    EU driving licence

    Project Description

    Climate change is considered one of the most severe threats to lake ecosystems worldwide. Some of the primary physical responses of lakes to climatic variations are those which occur at the lake surface, including changes in ice cover, lake surface water temperature, lake colour (a proxy for trophic status), and water level/extent; known collectively as Lake Essential Climate Variables (ECV’s). These lake surface conditions have changed dramatically in recent decades and, consequently, have had numerous implications for lake ecosystems as well as the ecosystem services they provide. To date, however, such climate change responses

    mailto:eleanor.jennings@dkit.ie

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

    Landscape Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

    in lakes, including their interactions, have only been studied on a site-by- site basis. Only recently have initiatives to observe these Lake ECV’s at a global scale commenced. Specifically, as part of the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI), the Lakes CCI project is currently generating the first consistent and long-term time-series from lakes worldwide covering all Lake ECV’s. These satellite-data have great potential to provide a comprehensive and consistent picture of the world’s lakes, as well as their responses to climatic variations. This project (RETINA) will take advantage of these novel satellite observations and investigate the effects of climate change on Lake ECV’s worldwide. The project will include training in 1: analysis of satellite observ