Job Vacancies

The School is always interested to hear from highly talented and motivated researchers and students looking for long-term opportunities, sabbaticals, research internships and exchanges, and studentships. Please refer to the relevant contact on the application page to make informal enquiries.

Current Vacancies

There are no vacancies at present


PhD Positions

We are always keen to hear from outstanding students wishing to pursue PhD study at the University of St Andrews.  If you have or are applying for postgraduate funding and are interested in being supervised for a PhD by one of our academics please contact the supervisor you are interested in working with directly (any of the names listed under subject areas on our Research page are potential supervisors) to discuss the suitability of your project proposal before beginning the application procedure detailed on the Postgraduate Admissions site.  Projects associated with NERC’s IAPETUS Doctoral Training Programme are advertised in the Autumn.

Please find below a list of all available Studentship Projects which are part of the IAPETUS programme:


Coral calcification in a rising CO2 world: can nutrition mitigate for ocean acidification effects?
Nutrient dynamics in the aftermath of the Great Oxidation Event: N crash or P party?
The Return of the Snowball: Determining Conditions that Generate Snowball Earth Glaciations
Copper isotope insights into planetary differentiation
The Nature of the Deep Nitrogen Cycle
The coral palaeoproxy for seawater pH and alkalinity
The ‘Rise and Demise’ of the Scottish Caledonian Forest: Spatial Complexity and Underlying Mechanisms
Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic
Fire and Ice: Reconstructing the history of volcanic forcing of climate through sulphur isotopes in ice cores
High Field Strength Element Mobility in Late-Stage Fluids, Gardar Rift, South Greenland
Source, Timing and Genesis of Scottish Orogenic Gold Deposits

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th January 2017.

The link for the University PGR Application Process can be found here:  PGR Application Process

Internships, work experience, research placements

Please contact a relevant staff member to inquire about possibilities for research placements.

MSc Mineral Resources

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is very excited to announce the launch of our new MSc in Mineral Resources. The degree has been designed in close collaboration with professionals from the minerals industry and provides first-hand experience using cutting-edge methodologies and technologies at the forefront of mineral exploration.

The MSc in Mineral Resources aims to prepare students for a career in the mineral industry or to pursue PhD research in mineral exploration or mining geology.


  • Delivers a wide range of experience in the field of mineral resources based on the “mineral system” approach.
  • Focuses on current genetic models of ore deposits, applied field training, 3D geological modelling and mineral exploration.
  • Provides key industry skills, such as sub-surface mapping, core logging, integration of multiple spatial data sets and 3D modelling.
  • Dynamic working atmosphere supported by collegial community of staff and students.
  • Delivers a practical industry ready skill set designed in collaboration with professional exploration geologists.

More details about the MSc in Mineral Resources can be found at: and

If you have specific questions about the degree course, please contact the Programme Coordinator Dr Jonathan Cloutier (

Athena SWAN

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all and has gained a series of diversity awards including the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award, the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter, see Diversity Awards. Applications are particularly welcome from women, who are under-represented in Science posts at the University. You can find out more about Equality and Diversity in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences here.