Applications are sought for a 4-year PhD scholarship position on the research topic of
‘Development of a Cumulative Effects Assessment Framework for Ireland’s Marine Planning
Process’. The research scholarship is funded by the Marine Institute (MI), under the Cullen
Scholarship Programme, and will be co-supervised by the School of Geography, University
College Dublin (UCD) and the MI. The research has two main goals:
• To understand the principal human-environment interactions in Irish coastal and marine
waters to inform evidence-based marine planning and decision-making; and
• To develop and test a suitable GIS-based methodology for Cumulative Effects Assessment
(CEA) to support Marine Spatial Planning in Ireland using existing spatial data sources.
The achievement of these goals comprises five principal tasks, which will be carried out in
consultation with stakeholders (e.g. representatives from government, industry, etc.):
• Identify key natural resources/receptors and development stressors/pressures/threats in
the Irish marine environment and examine their interlinkages.
• Develop an understanding of cumulative effects assessment in marine ecosystems,
including interlinkages between and effects on associated ecosystem services.
• Review and utilize existing marine spatial data to determine their fitness for use and
purpose in support of cumulative effects assessments in the marine environment.
• Develop a GIS-based CEA methodology and, ideally, deploy it through an online platform.
• Test the applicability of the methodology and the validity of the results through case
The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with UCD academics and MI staff to
undertake research, investigations, literature reviews and other work necessary to fulfil the
requirements of the scholarship and of a pre-defined work plan, and commit to the timely
delivery of the various research deliverables, including interim reports and scientific
publications. The PhD candidate will divide her/his research time between UCD in Dublin and the MI headquarters in Oranmore, Galway.
The PhD scholarship comprises a maintenance award of €18,500 per annum, as well as
payment of PhD fees to a maximum of €6,000 per annum. The scholarship award also includes
a budget of up to €3,000 per annum for eligible research costs (travel & subsistence,
publication costs, consumables).
The scholarship will run for a maximum of 4 years from the date the student commences
(expected to be 1st September 2022).
Teaching and other research assistant roles can be applied for, if and when appropriate, and
will be renumerated accordingly.
For further information, or to informally discuss the position via email, please contact Assoc. Professor Ainhoa González at: email@example.com
To apply, include copies of the following documents: 1) CV, 2) Masters/Undergraduate
academic transcripts, and 3) A Cover Letter outlining your motivation for applying and what
you believe that you would bring to the role. Please submit these documents as one pdf or
word file, titled with “LastName_MSP-Cullen2022”. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for
Application submission deadline: 28th January 2022.
Submit your application to Assoc. Professor Ainhoa González at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must have:
• A 2:1 Honours and a Master’s degree, or international equivalent, in Marine or
Environmental Science, Environmental Assessment, Geography or related subject
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data management skills.
• Excellent writing standards as evidenced through recognition of written work as part
of undergraduate and Master’s degrees.
• Ability to work to deadlines and produce effective timelines that achieve key aims.
• Ability to communicate with stakeholders efficiently and in a positive manner.
• Ability to work effectively within a team.
• Experience, or willingness to upskill, to use GitHub and/or a programming language
(e.g. Python, R).
• Willingness to attend relevant CEA workshops, and to present research at national and