Students wanted for SUPER PhD projects starting in October 2021


The Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership (SUPER DTP) is now looking for outstanding students to apply for a variety of exciting projects. Click on the project title to find out more about the project and how to apply. Keep checking back as the other project adverts come online and/or follow us on twitter.

Opportunities available at University of Strathclyde:

Opportunities available at University West of Scotland:

  • Neoparamoeba peruans: its unique microbiome and impact on Amoebic Gill Disease and gill health in Salmon. PI: Fiona Henriquez. Applications now closed.
  • The effects of contaminants on mechanisms underlying invasive species impact. PI: Mhairi Alexander. Applications now closed.

Opportunities available at Edinburgh Napier University:

Opportunities available at University of Stirling:

  • The blue mussel Mytilus edulis as an indicator species for modelling marine connectivity in Scotland. PI: Darren Green. Closing date:

Opportunities available at University of St Andrews:

  • Development of an acoustic classifier for delphinid species off the west coast of Scotland. PI: Julie Oswald. Applications now closed.
  • Examining the human-predator interface of the North Sea: interactions between man-made subsea structures, marine predators and commercial fisheries. PI: Debbie Russell. Applications now closed.
  • Sources, sinks and subsidies of carbon within coastal saltmarsh habitats. PI: William Austin. Applications now closed.

Opportunities available at the University of the Highlands & Islands:

  • Investigating minke whale acoustic and foraging ecology to underpin MPA-based conservation. PI: Denise Risch. Applications now closed.
  • River robots: utilising novel autonomous technologies, observations and models to investigate freshwater coastal dispersion. PI: Mark Inall. Applications now closed.
  • Assessing benthic recovery following cessation of salmon farming using eDNA metabarcoding. PI: Tom Wilding. Applications now closed.
  • Multistressor impacts of ocean acidification and warming on regeneration and biomineralisation in coastal sea urchins. PI: Michael Burrows. Applications now closed.

Opportunities available at Aberdeen University:

  • An evo-devo approach to invasive biology and adaptation to climate change. PI: Victoria Sleight. Applications now closed.
  • Water bodies as interfaces and pathways for zoonotic and livestock pathogen transmission in Africa and Scotland. PI: Mark Moseley. Applications now closed.
  • Integrating genomics and modelling to predict climate change response and identify drivers of decline in the endangered freshwater pearl mussel. PI: Kara Layton. Applications now closed.
  • Towards enhanced black-legged kittiwake metapopulation modelling in the context of global change and renewable energy development. PI: Ana Payo-Payo. Applications now closed.



Call for Proposals from HEI PIs

The Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership (SUPER DTP) is pleased to announce its third call for PhD studentship proposals.

We invite Principal Investigators from partner HEIs to submit an application to before the deadline of 17:00 GMT Monday 14th September 2020.

The SUPER remit supports the holistic study of the ecological dynamics of systems from headland rivers and catchments through lowland regions and riparian systems to estuarine and coastal waters and marine ecosystems.

We are grateful to The INSITE Programme, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Scottish Natural Heritage (soon to be Nature.Scot), Marine Scotland Science, and the Marine Management Organisation who have all provided outline project areas suggestions.

Click on the below links to view these outline project area suggestions, the basic terms and conditions of the call, and to download the application form.  If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to contact us at