Applications Open

We currently have one PhD studentships open for applications. 
The successful candidate will be part of the SSCP DTP cohort, starting in October 2019

About the SSCP DTP Studentship

Applications studentships starting in October 2020 will open in September 2019.  The fully funded award includes home/EU tuition fees, a London-weighted stipend and an additional consumables budget.
A list of projects  proposed by various Imperial and Partner academics will be displayed on this page.  Please see below examples of projects that were advertised in 2019-20 intake. Please note that as part of the funding conditions, SSCP DTP students attend skills and careers training along with outreach activities. For further information please visit the Programme pages. 

How to apply

Studentships for an October 2020 start will be advertised in September 2019.

DTP studentsEligibility Criteria

Applicants should be aware that as these studentships are funded through NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), to be eligible for a full award they must have either:

  • British Citizenship or; 

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay,
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship - (For non-EU citizens, this must NOT have been in full time education.)
    This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).  This does not apply to UK nationals. 

If you have further questions regarding eligibility, download this PDF, then please contact the specific Registry Admissions team for the Faculty within which the studentship is based.

List of 2019/20 Projects 
Project TitleSupervisorDepartment
Thickets, bushlands and scrubs of the tropics, mapping their distribution using remote sensing  Dr France Gerard Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Environmental Effects and Fate of Engineered Nanomaterials Dr Claus Svendsen Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Investigating the use of natural capital concepts for participatory approaches to integrated water management  Dr Alexandra Collins  Centre for Environmental Policy
Air pollution exposure impacts of a large-scale transportation infrastructure project Dr Audrey de Nazelle Centre for Environmental Policy
Assessing the wildfire-welfare relationship in Mediterranean Ecosystems Dr Yiannis Kountouris Centre for Environmental Policy
Understanding hydrological uncertainties for adaptive decision making  Dr Bhopal Pandeya Centre for Environmental Policy
Intersectionality of human society and the Sustainable Development Goals  Dr Caroline Howe Centre for Environmental Policy
Shaping Post Brexit UK water policy: The next generation of ecological assessments in support of integrated river basin management paradigm Professor Nick Voulvoulis Centre for Environmental Policy
Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage: land use and greenhouse gas implications Dr Zoe Harris Centre for Environmental Policy
Assessment of energy transition responses in the Oil & Gas industry: implications for climate change mitigation policy and sustainable development goals Dr Raphael Slade Centre for Environmental Policy
Waste wood biorefining in the circular economy Dr Jason Hallett Chemical Engineering
Wettability controls on capillary pressure heterogeneity and hysteresis in porous media Dr Ronny Pini Chemical Engineering
Landscape optimisation for ecosystem services generated by green infrastructure Dr Miao Guo Chemical Engineering
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Dr Marcos Millan  Chemical Engineering
Azoheteroarenes: Next-generation solid-state solar thermal fuels for heat release applications Professor Matthew Fuchter Chemistry
Upgrading CO and CO2 with Intermetallic Networks Dr Mark R. Crimmin Chemistry
Can buildings purify polluted air? Developing solar-activated coatings that purify the air we breathe Dr Andreas Kafizas Chemistry
Groundwater and conflict in the horn of Africa Dr Wouter Buytaert Civil and Environmental Engineering
Measuring the space and time evolution of the geometric, kinematic and dynamic properties of oceanic breaking waves Dr. Adrian Callaghan Civil and Environmental Engineering
Enhancing Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru Dr Wouter Buytaert Civil and Environmental Engineering

Optimisation of urban traffic control using real-time OD

Dr Aruna Sivakumar Civil and Environmental Engineering
Utilizing intermodal solutions and emerging technology to increase green mobility in urban areas Dr Aruna Sivakumar Civil and Environmental Engineering
New joint seismic tomography for the Africa plate and underlying mantle Dr Saskia Goes  Earth Science and Engineering
Validating Earthquake Hazard Models For Critical Engineered Structures Using Geologic Data And Cosmogenic Isotopes Dr Dylan Rood Earth Science and Engineering
Exploring terrestrial geological evidence for past glaciation and volcanism in the Thwaites Glacier catchment, Antarctica Dr Dylan Rood Earth Science and Engineering
Simulating the Latitudinal Biodiversity Gradient over Deep Time Dr Mark Sutton Earth Science and Engineering
Self-potential monitoring of saline intrusion into coastal aquifers Professor Matthew Jackson Earth Science and Engineering
Water, magma and faults: deep structure and dynamics of submarine hydrothermal systems Dr Michele Paulatto Earth Science and Engineering
What controls seismic behaviour at subduction zones?  Resolving the physical properties of slowly slipping fault zones Dr Rebecca Bell Earth Science and Engineering
Global CO2 storage capacity: Assessing limitations of geography and injectivity  Dr Sam Krevor Earth Science and Engineering
Cadmium Enrichment in Cocoa Beans – A Stable Isotope Investigation of Cd Sources and Mitigation Strategies  Professor Mark Rehkämper Earth Science and Engineering
Understanding modern biogeochemical cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES program – Cadmium, zinc, lead and neodymium isotope analyses Professor Tina van de Flierdt  Earth Science and Engineering
Novel Applications of Trace Metal Stable Isotopes in Medical Research Professor Mark Rehkämper Earth Science and Engineering
Understanding How Serpentinisation Affects Marine Magnetic Anomalies Dr Adrian Muxworthy  Earth Science and Engineering
The Digital AI Geologist: Using Neural Networks to Extract Quantitative Information from Core and Thin Section Images Dr Cedric John Earth Science and Engineering
Modelling modern carbonates (Bahamas, Great Barrier Reef) using numerical approaches Dr Cedric John Earth Science and Engineering
Releasing the sediment cascade: landscape response to active normal faulting in source to sink systems Dr Alex Whittaker Earth Science and Engineering
Modeling the global Pb cycle: from industrial emissions to the bottom of the ocean Dr Yves Plancherel Earth Science and Engineering
Formation and fate of low-salinity intermediate waters in the ocean Dr Yves Plancherel Earth Science and Engineering
Simulating the recovery of degraded tropical forests Professor Robert Ewers Life Sciences
Evolution of the enigmatic placoderm group Rhenanida: Early gnathostome relationships and vertebrate sexual reproduction Dr Martin D Brazeau Life Sciences
Trans-generational effects of age Dr Julia Schroeder Life Sciences
Genomic signatures of sexual selection in the Yellow Fever mosquito Dr Lauren Cator Life Sciences
Developmental modularity and integration in evolution of avian cranial diversity Dr Arkhat Abzhanov Life Sciences
Does climate change exacerbate the effects of pollution on microbial ecosystem services? Dr Thomas Bell Life Sciences
Impacts of environmental change on the structure and function of macroecological communities Dr Joseph Tobias Life Sciences
Disentangling the factors underlying current tropical vegetation distributions: A North Australian Case Study Professor Jon Lloyd  Life Sciences
The toxic challenge: how do we control mosquito populations responsibly in small tropical island ecosystems? Dr Richard Gill Life Sciences
Mapping the hidden arthropod biodiversity of UK soils with high-throughput sequencing Professor Alfried P. Vogler Life Sciences
Will pollinators be at the mercy of their microbes as the climate changes? Dr Peter Graystock Life Sciences
Does climate change amplify the impacts of plastic and pesticide pollution on food webs? A novel DNA-based approach in large-scale field experiments Professor Guy Woodward Life Sciences
Scaling up the functional role of spiders in agricultural and natural ecosystems Dr Samraat Pawar Life Sciences
Evolutionary tribology: exploiting bio-lubrication mechanisms for mechanical devices Dr Marc Masen Mechanical Engineering
Reconstructing skull evolution of fossil crown birds Professor Anjali Goswami Natural History Museum
The evolutionary history of the ceratopsian ‘horned’ dinosaurs Dr Susannah Maidment Natural History Museum
Windows into the past: understanding historic bee population declines through genome sequencing 150 years of museum specimens Professor Ian Barnes Natural History Museum
Integrative Systematics of the Bemisia tabaci species complex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) and their parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Aleyrodidae) Dr Andrew Polaszek Natural History Museum
Why does climate sensitivity depend on forcing? Dr Paulo Ceppi Physics
The intensity of tropical cyclones at landfall Professor Ralf Toumi Physics
Gulf Stream forcing of mesoscale instabilities and their effect on downstream weather and climate Dr Arnaud Czaja Physics
Diagnosing dust-climate interactions in observations to test Earth System Models Dr Helen Brindley Physics
Wildfires and the evolution of the global climate system Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis Physics
Predicting, modelling and mitigating extreme space weather Dr Jonathan Eastwood Physics
Sustainable Zero-Carbon Solar Heating, Cooling and Power in Urban and Off-Grid Environments Professor Jenny Nelson Physics
Global change ecology and the biogeography of human infectious diseases Dr Kris Murray School of Public Health
Understanding the public health impact of the spread of pyrethroid resistant mosquitoes using routinely collected data Dr Thomas Churcher School of Public Health
Uniting Museum Collections and Genomics to Trace Emerging Pathogens across the Anthropocene Professor Matthew C. Fisher  School of Public Health
Measuring urban environmental variations and dynamics using imagery with deep learning Professor Majid Ezzati School of Public Health
Evaluating the health, societal and environmental benefits of urban wetlands Dr Daniela Fecht School of Public Health
List of NPIF Projects