Doctoral Degree Research in Plant Ecology, University Coleman Cork, Ireland

Expires on: 02/26/2024


The School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES) and the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork invite applications for a fully funded four-year PhD project in Plant Ecology. The project, funded by Eli Lilly and Company, focuses on the conservation of meadow barley (Hordeum secalinum) and its impact on the grassland community concerning translocation and climate change.

The PhD project will monitor changes in the plant community, assess the impact of translocation and climate change on Hordeum secalinum and the grassland community. It involves plant community composition monitoring, remote sensing analysis, and experimental simulation of future climate conditions.

Funding: The PhD position is funded for four years, including a tax-free stipend of €25,000 p.a. and covered tuition fees at the EU rate.


  •  BSc honours degree (1.1 or 2.1) in biology, botany/plant science, ecology, conservation, or related subject.
  •  Good understanding or strong interest in plant ecology and/or plant physiology.
  • Strong understanding of experimental design, data analysis, and statistics.
  •  Willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
  •  Excellent organizational skills.
  •  Experience in conducting botanical fieldwork.
  • Full, clean driving license.
  • MSc in a relevant subject.
  • Experience in analyzing remote sensing imagery

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their application to Professor Astrid Wingler ( with “Meadow barley PhD application” in the subject line by 26 February 2024. The application should be a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two academic referees.

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