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Funded 4 year PhD in Macroecology

The Department of Zoology, NUI Galway, is seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate to undertake a PhD in Dr Kevin Healy’s Macroecology lab. The candidate will address Macroecological questions that will test broad scale patterns in areas such as scavenging behaviour, venom evolution, stable isotope analysis and animal life history.

The precise project is flexible and will be tailored to fit the candidate's strengths to one of the above areas.

For more details of each of these topics and examples of other research topics within the lab see and

The PhD position is suitable for biology graduates looking to move into quantitative, comparative and theoretical ecology; or it is suitable for graduates in mathematics, physics, computer science or similar seeking to move into ecology.

The award includes:

  • Fees for a Ph.D in Science are fully covered at the EU rate which is approximately €5,750 p.a. (EU) for all 4 years. Non-EU students may apply but they will have to supplement the difference between the EU and non-EU rate themselves (
  • Annual tax-free stipend: €12,000 for 4 years
  • All applicants will be supported to apply for government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships ( to which they can transfer to during the scholarship.

Start date is expected to be September 2019, but is flexible.

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