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 Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time 3-year PhD scholarship with Civil Engineering at the University of Galway.

 This scholarship is funded by EPA and is available from 31st of March 2023 to scholarship end date of 31st of March 2026.


Since mid-20th century there has been observed a continuous deterioration of their quality across Europe. Irish transitional and coastal (TraC) waters are threatened by the synergistic effects of multiple environmental pressures such as nutrient enrichment, oxygen depletion and acidification among others. The overarching aim of this research post is to exploit Copernicus data to improve efficiency, accuracy and implementation of coastal water monitoring programmes. This project will bring forward the collection of environmental data into the 21st century and generate a significant step forward in our understanding of nutrient cycling, feedbacks, water quality problems and environmental stressor/pressures on aquatic environment related to human activities including climate change.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Galway, Ireland and contribute towards a recently awarded project in the field of environmental protection. This project is funded by EPA, Ireland. The PhD student will undertake work in the area of a big data analysis for environmental applications. The researcher will develop machine learning (ML) and artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for water quality assessment. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of EcoHydroInformatics and with staff and students in School of Engineering at the University of Galway.

 Essential requirements

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in Physics, Environmental Science, Geography, Civil/Environmental Engineering,  Mathematics, Statistics or other relevant disciplines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of remote sensing, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.   
  • Experience in working with FORTRAN/Python/Matlab/R/GEE (Python is preferred).
  • Entry requirements at University of Galway (see details at  
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.


The PhD scholarship is available to commence in March 31st 2023, and covers university fees plus a tax-free stipend over four years (€16,000-€18,500 per annum). The student will be registered and based at University of Galway, working under the supervision of Dr. Agnieszka I. Olbert and Md. Galal Uddin.

 Further Information

Informal enquiries concerning the scholarship may be made to Dr. Indiana Olbert ( or Md Galal Uddin (

 Application Procedure:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, copies of educational certificates and transcripts and the contact details of two referees should be sent via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Indiana Olbert:

Please put ‘UoG PhD application’ in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 20th February 2023.

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.