Geo-Net-Zero at Aberdeen


Contact: Professor Rob Butler, Geology and Geophysics, School of Geosciences


The School of Geosciences is a core partner of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geoscience and the Low Carbon Energy (Geo-Net-Zero). The CDT partnership is run by Heriot-Watt University.


Information on the CDT partnership, its aims and function is available at:


As a member of the CDT, Aberdeen will host TWO PhD students each year, starting in October 2020. These are 4-year positions, fully-funded for UK students. At this stage, the long-term position for EU students is unclear.

PhD students in the CDT participate in a training academy, supported by an array of energy companies. The academy provides a broad context for their research together with experience of this key industrial sector. The training is accredited by the Geological Society.


The projects available for a start in October 2020 are listed below. Contact the individual supervisors for project-specific information.


The closing date for applications is 31st March 2020. All applications must be made online via:


2020 projects:

Title:  Thrust localisation and linkage through rheological multilayers

Supervisors: Prof Rob Butler, Dr Clare Bond, Dr Herfried Madritsch (NAGRA)


Title:  Exploring the rate state frictional behaviour in United Downs Deep Geothermal System

Supervisors: Dr Quan Gan, Dr Clare Bond


Title: The relative balance between regional and local controls on sediment distribution in the Northern Faroe-Shetland Basin – Implications for development of a “Northern Gas Hub”

Supervisors: Dr Nick Schofield, Prof David Jolley, Prof John Underhill (Heriot-Watt), Prof John Howell