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PhD Studentships

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These PhDs are being offered in the School of Physical Sciences:

These CENTA funded PhD are being offered in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Microbial survival in the Makgadikgadi Basin, Botswana

Ice microenvironments and biogeochemistry within seasonal glacier-associated ice deposits on Svalbard, Arctic Norway

After the dust has settled: The post-impact hydrothermal system at Rochechouart impact crater and implications for Early Earth

Select how to apply for more details on the process

The deadline for applications is 7th January 2022.

 
 
This OU STEM funded PhD is being offered in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
 
 
Select how to apply for more details on the process
 
The deadline for applications is 7th January 2022.
 
 

Join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment working with researchers in STEM, Law and Governance, and Social Sciences

Research environment

If you are successful in being appointed, you will be supported by both an academic supervisory team and our team of technical and support staff.  You will be within a peer support network of up to 15 other astrobiology PhD students, postdoctoral research assistants and academics.  If you are conducting a laboratory-based project, you will have access to state-of-the-art microbiology laboratories, simulation facilities and analytical capabilities.  We have regular research group meetings, and informal coffee and other social events.  All students are also assigned a third-party mentor, someone not associated with their research field with whom they can discuss - in confidence - matters that may affect their studies.  

Training and career development

Our PhD students receive training in the specific research or technical skills needed for their project, and there is access to a diverse training programme provided by the university.  We are committed to supporting our early career researchers and also offer our own training programme that includes developing skills that support your PhD studies, e.g., writing skills, time management, research skills and thesis writing, and skills that prepare you for the future after graduation, e.g., CV writing, and networking, including making active contact with industry and academic partners.  Progress is supported through a university-wide reporting process, involving six-monthly progress checks.  Part of this process involves the upgrade to full PhD registration at the end of your first year of study, which requires you: to produce a report summarising your work to date and your future plans; give a short oral presentation, and have a 'mini viva' in which you discuss your work with two academics who are experts in a related field. 


Why Choose AstrobiologyOU: Two PhD graduates discuss their PhD with AstrobiologyOU
at the Open University.

 

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