WHAT IS SPARK?
SPaRK is a Horizon2020 funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme that supports interdisciplinary PhD students at Queen's University Belfast. PhD students funded within Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes have the title of Early Stage Researcher (ESR).
At its core, the SPaRK Programme is driven by the need to develop future leaders whose skills combine disciplinary excellence with a capacity for interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international (3i) working that creates genuinely disruptive thinkers. These are the thinkers who will have the edge in a highly competitive, global job market.
Why? Because they have not only disciplinary expertise but also the intellectual flexibility required to respond to a constantly changing professional environment and broader socio-economic landscape. In essence, SPaRK combines ground-breaking research projects with higher level skills development at cohort level which seeks to produce creative thinkers and problem-solvers.
PROJECTS FOR OCTOBER 2018 ENTRY
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th April 2018.
Details of the projects available for 2017-18 are detailed below. Please click on the link for further details of each project. If you have any further questions, please contact the lead supervisor. All candidates are encouraged to make contact with their potential supervisor in advance of submitting an application.
|Primary Supervisor||Title||Key Words|
|Professor Jaimie Dick||Invasive Species in an Artificial World (Prof J. Dick, School of Biological Sciences)||Ecology, engineering, invasive species, artificial structures, functional responses, numerical modelling.|
|Dr Nikki Marks||A Platform for Precision Phenotyping of Farmed Animals||Remote Sensing, Parasitology, Animal Welfare, Disease epidemiology, Forensics|
|Professor Aaron Maule||Stem Cells – Novel Targets for Parasite Control?||Parasitology, Animal Health, Agriculture, Global Food Security, Cell Biology, Drug Resistance, Parasite Control|
|Professor Eric Morgan||Impacts of improved animal parasite control on community-led markets for sustainable food||Parasite epidemiology and control, farmer behaviour, food choice, dietary diversity, regulation of food safety|