PhD Studentship, Sustainable integrated pathways for carbon-negative energy, land and food systems
We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual to join our team and contribute to our cutting-edge research in energy systems decarbonisation and the linkages with future land and food systems decarbonisation. As a PhD candidate, you will have the opportunity to conduct independent research, collaborate with our team of experts, and publish your findings in top-tier journals.
This scholarship offers full funding for PhD fees at University College Cork for 4 years, a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per year, along with travel and other expenses.
PhD research topic: Modelling sustainable integrated pathways for carbon-negative energy, land and food systems
- to quantify the potential fair level of CO2 emissions Ireland may be required to sequester in the period to 2100 under different global temperature goals, near-term mitigation efforts and non-CO2 emissions trajectories.
- to review the potential mitigation and carbon sequestration levers specific to Ireland, including both technology and behaviour change, quantifying their total sequestration potential, energy requirement and land use requirement.
- map the interactions, in particular the potential complementarities and conflicts, between deep decarbonisation and sequestration levers in each of the energy, land and food systems.
- review global, regional and national modelling approaches to assessing integrated pathways for sustainable land-food-energy systems, including reviewing which interactions are captured in existing Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs),
- develop a new modelling methodology, SELFS, to downscale global IAMs to a national scale and simulate long-time horizon integrated Sustainable Energy-Land-Food Systems scenarios under a range of demand and technology futures,
- model a range of divergent possible futures for Ireland using SELFS, integrating existing national modelling energy, agriculture and land use modelling frameworks, to inform long-term policy planning for climate mitigation.
- A strong drive to understand and propose solutions to climate change and wider sustainability issues;
- An academic background and good primary degree in a quantitative topic related to sustainable energy, food and/or land systems and knowledge of climate mitigation;
- Intellectual curiosity, excellent research and analytical skills, and the ability to work independently;
- Proven ability to communicate findings effectively, both in writing and orally.
- Cover letter outlining suitability for this role and motivation for undertaking a PhD
- Academic writing sample (paper, report or project)
Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 27 January 2023 CVs and handwritten forms will not be accepted.
Late applications will not be accepted.