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Marie Curie ACE Training Site

Analytical, Computational and Experimental (ACE) Studies in Earth Sciences

Are you working on your Ph.D.? Is there an aspect of your Ph.D. research that would benefit from resources unavailable to you at your home university? Did you know you could be paid to travel to and work at a Marie Curie Training Site on a portion of your Ph.D.? ACE Bristol (http://mcts.gly.bris.ac.uk) may be the programme for you!

Applications are invited from Ph.D. students from EU member and Associated States* (excluding UK) for research training at the ACE Earth Sciences Training Site. The Site is hosted by the University of Bristol and funded by the European Commission program 'Improving Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Knowledge Base'. Training is available in modern analytical, computational and experimental methodologies in four core areas of Earth Sciences:

Experimental and theoretical studies of the earth's interior
Volcanology and geological fluid dynamics

Students undertaking studies in one of the above disciplines will be supervised and trained in their respective fields by experienced staff including Professors M.J. Benton, D.E.G. Briggs, C.J. Hawkesworth, R.S.J. Sparks and B.J. Wood. Students may also (as required) be enrolled in specialist courses in their field of research and in communication skills. The goal for visitors will be to submit a manuscript in English to an international Earth Science journal by the end of their stay. Visitors will have full access to departmental student resources including excellent libraries, and may apply for use of the analytical facilities which are contained in the EU Geochemical Facility: electron probe microanalysis, ICP-MS, Laser Ablation ICP-MS, ICP-AES, TIMS, FTIR (CO2 & H2O), LECO (bulk C & S), XRF, XRD, NMR, SEM-EDS. UNIX workstations are available for a wide range of statistical and modelling studies.

Between 5 and 7 students per year will benefit under this scheme. Visits can last between 3 months and one academic year. The host will provide travel and subsistence expenses. Applicants should discuss their requirements with Bristol staff prior to sending in their applications. The next deadline for applications is 30th June 2001. Further information, eligibility criteria and application forms can be downloaded from:


Or are available from:

Prof. B. J. Wood
Department of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, U.K.
Tel: +44 117 954 5422; Fax: +44 117 925 3385; E-mail: B.J.Wood@bristol.ac.uk


Dr. Patrice Hornibrook
ACE Research Network Co-ordinator, Department of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, U.K.
Tel: +44 117 954 5235; Fax: +44 117 925 3385; E-mail: P.A.Hornibrook@bristol.ac.uk

* Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary,
Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania,
Slovakia, and Slovenia.