Welsh Government PhD Placement: Soil Monitoring Opportunities for Wales

Deadline for submission of applications: 31st July 2024 @ 16:00hrs (BST)

The Welsh Government (WG) Peatland Restoration and Land Use Planning Unit is seeking a PhD student for a placement opportunity. The Team is responsible for Best and Most Versatile (BMV)[1] land protection policy, mineral & waste reclamation to agriculture and peatland restoration.

We would like a soil scientist PhD placement to help us understand what effective soil monitoring would look like through a review of existing monitoring approaches in Wales and in the rest of the UK. This would include priorities for monitoring, scale – local or national – applicability to the Welsh context and any gaps in measures.

Purpose of the Post

The post holder will undertake a review of existing soil monitoring approaches to identify appropriate measures for a Welsh context that could enhance our current understanding. This will build on the objectives of the ASPS to help us understand how we could operationalise increasing information on Welsh soils. The post holder will be supported by the Soils Policy and Land Use Team to review the existing evidence and produce a report of their findings, including any recommendations.

The post holder will be encouraged to develop their own ideas for the soil policy statement, supported by the WG Soil Policy Team.

The intention is to host a placement for a 3-month period, although longer placements of up to six months would be considered.

Key Tasks

•             Review existing soil monitoring approaches

•             Where relevant liaise with other policy teams in WG, UK Government and devolved nations

•             Produce report and recommendations  

•             Development of longer-term policy direction The post holder could become involved in other work areas where they have a specific interest.

For further information about the post and details of how to apply please download the following document:

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