PhD Studentship in Bioscience at Cardiff University, UK

Cardiff University announces studentships for PhD research in the field of biosciences. PhD studentship are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. Studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a doctoral stipend. Duration of award is of 3 years. The application deadline is 01/09/2014.. In the UK, 43% of river habitats are classified as severely modified and there is continued pressure for further development (abstractions, flood protection etc). Typically, the hydrodynamic environment of a river is enriched by longitudinal and lateral variations in bathymetry, water depth and bed armour material, which promotes the generation of secondary currents, turbulence, and variation in local flow velocity and flow depth. These three-dimensional hydraulic features constitute a variety of habitat conditions essential for freshwater invertebrate and fish diversity. However, hydraulic and hydro-ecological models (e.g. PHABSIM, MesoHABSIM) that define changes in physical habitat availability for target fish species given a change in river flow channel geometry typically use a one-dimensional hydraulic approach and generate only crude velocity and water level predictions in rivers of complex bathymetry. In adapting existing riverine environments to meet the Water Framework Directive, it is essential to maintain the natural character, stability and discharge capacity whilst enhancing recolonization processes, but in practice the optimal conditions for fish are poorly classified.. Scholarship is available for postgraduate research level of study.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Studentships is awarded in the field of biosciences in which student will collect detailed empirical data on the hydraulic conditions of a flume under different flow conditions with various habitat modifications to assess how this affects the swimming performance of demersal and benthic fish.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full
· time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.
Benefits of the scholarship: This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,863 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: The duration of award is of 3 years.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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