Soil science


3.5 Years


Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00


Sustainable Agriculture Sciences


Lancaster University


Nitrogen inputs into agricultural systems are an essential requirement for healthy, high yielding crop production, but they can also result in the release of excess N either by leaching or by emission of the highly reactive greenhouse gas (GHG) N2O. In the UK, direct N2O emissions from soil accounted for about 50.5% of all N2O released in 2016. This is not only damaging to the environment, it is also a financial loss to the farmer and a lost nutrient resource to the growing crops. With the use of state of the art real-time GHG detection systems (monitoring N2O, NH3, CH4, CO2 and O2 emissions) and advanced molecular and sequencing methods for detecting, expression profiling and sequencing genes involved in N-cycling and GHG emission, this project aims to understand which environmental drivers are involved in GHG emissions and identify mitigation strategies for their reduction.

For further details please contact Dr Tim Mauchline or Ian Clark

Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in subjects such as Environmental Science, Natural Sciences or biology. Experience in the laboratory are desired.

The studentship is only available to UK and EU candidates. 

Each student will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£15,009 in 2019/20), typically for 3.5 years. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover EU/UK fees

All Envision students will have a Research and Training Grant of £8,750 to fund their research, conference attendance and networking and will be able to bid into a cohort development and mobility fund. This will be support students attending subject-specific courses

All applicants should make their application through the Envision website by Friday 17th January 2020.

View the Envision application form here.

An application consists of:

A completed application form

A CV with a maximum of three pages

Application form

You may apply for up to three Envision projects, but this should be made clear when you submit your application through the project portal. Please do not apply for the same project more than once. You will need to upload a completed application form and CV for each project that you apply for (the three applications must all be in one single PDF). If you are applying for three projects please submit three CVs and application forms in one submission to us.

Please list your two referees on the application form. The project supervisor will get in touch with your referees after the deadline on Friday 17th January 2020. You do not need to do anything for this to happen.

Once received in the Envision office your application will be forwarded to the appropriate Envision supervisor who may want to interview you. Envision will offer interviewed candidates a £75 contribution to interview expenses.

If you are selected for the project you applied for, your application will then be considered, alongside those of the candidates for the other Envision projects by the Envision management group. Sixteen offers of fully funded studentships will be made by Envision by Monday 9th March 2020.

We will require candidates to accept or decline the offer of a studentship no later than 12pm, Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Please send all enquiries to: