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NERC TARGET Mineral Resources CDT PhD projects now open for application

UCL has several funded PhD projects available through the new NERC TARGET Mineral Resources CDT. The list of projects is available on our PhD Opportunities page. The first cohort of students will start in October 2024, and the application deadline is 15th January 2024. 

TARGET is the Training and Research Group for Energy Transition Mineral Resources, an UKRI-NERC sponsored Centre for Doctoral Training. TARGET will support the training and development of researchers engaged in the challenge of meeting the changing patterns of resource demand. As we move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and as the technology we use at home and at work evolves, we need greater amounts, and an increasingly diverse list of metals and minerals. TARGET will support interdisciplinary researchers through a comprehensive training programme to develop their skills in various aspects of meeting mineral resources challenge. The training will prepare doctoral candidates for a career at the forefront of mineral resources and the energy transition, whether their future is in academia, industry, or policy.

UCL-ERC Masters students present at SEG 2023 conference

Blake O'Sullivan and Linda Jakschies, two UCL masters students, stand either side of a conference poster.

Blake O'Sullivan and Linda Jakschies presented their MSc work "Understanding extreme weather-driven tailings risks and their impacts in Chile: a complex multi-hazard challenge" at the year's Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) conference SEG 2023: Resourcing the Green Transition in August. Blake and Linda undertook MSc projects researching climate change-driven extreme weather events in Chile and their effects on hazards associated with mine waste tailings storage facilities, in collaboration with CGG.