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Stressing the stressed


Funded PhD


3 years

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

An up-and-coming research topic related to changing oceans is on multiple environmental stressors producing adverse outcomes for population fitness such as disease susceptibility.

This studentship will use this novel approach of combining multiple stressors in the laboratory to quantify these effects and extrapolate them to ecosystem scales. The project will investigate the fitness outcome resulting from the combination of environmental (pH) stress levels expected under climate change predictions with additional stress experienced through Microplastics.

Fitness effects will be measured in form of immune challenges (e.g., experimental infection with bacterial pathogens). The outcome of this project is an estimator for the mathematical relationship between microplastic and additional stressors which will inform trait-based models of climate change impacts.


The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicate facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain the slavery.

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level research qualification in a relevant discipline. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Additionally, experience of lab techniques and knowledge of marine ecosystems would be beneficial.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15 March 2019 at the latest.