Projects for 2020 Entry

A PhD project is available now for immediate start:

The impact of aerosol on convective clouds

Please contact the supervisor, Edward Gryspeerdt, for more information. The project is co-supervised by Helen Brindley.

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Each year we offer a number of opportunities to study for a PhD under the supervision of academic staff in our group. Research topics include space and planetary physics, atmospheric physics and climate science, and laboratory astrophysics. We have now started the recruitment process for those planning to start PhD studies in October 2020.

Key dates:

Wednesday 11 December, 12pm - 2pm, Space and Atmospheric group open day (Location: Huxley building, room 711c)

Come and meet the space and atmospheric physics group! Talk to prospective supervisors, learn about the research that we do and find out more from current students about what it is like to study for a PhD with us. If you are planning to attend, or if you have any questions regarding the PhD program in SPAT, please contact the SPAT Admissions Coordinator using the email address spat.pg@imperial.ac.uk.

Wednesday 4 December, Department of Physics open day (Location: Blackett Laboratory)

The department of physics will hold its annual open day for postgraduate study on 4 December 2019. We will have a stand in the level 8 common room, where you can come and meet prospective supervisors and find out more about the research projects that are available. See here for more details.

Projects on offer: 

Please click on the tabs below to find out about the opportunities that are available in each of our different research areas. Please note that we also welcome enquiries if you would be interested in undertaking a PhD on a topic not specifically listed in this section of the website, but in a field of research covered in the space and atmospheric physics group. In this case, please contact the relevant academic member of staff directly.

Projects for 2016 Entry

Atmospheric Physics

Most projects will be on offer through the NERC Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership. The project led by Dr. Ed Gryspeerdt is supported by the Department. Click on the project name to find out more. Please then contact the relevant supervisor who will be able to tell you more about the process.

These projects are for entry in October 2020.

To warm or not to warm: Exploiting far-infrared measurements of cirrus cloud in support of the FORUM satellite mission

Supervisor: Dr Helen Brindley (h.brindley@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Caroline Cox (RAL Space)

The role of peat fires in shaping future atmospheric composition, the carbon cycle and climate

Supervisor: Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis (a.voulgarakis@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Chantelle Burton (Met Office Hadley Centre) & Prof Colin Prentice (Life Sciences)

Air pollution: Sources and sinks of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere

S‌upervisor: Dr Heather Graven (h.graven@imperial.ac.uk)

Processes affecting tropical cyclone landfall

Supervisor: Prof Ralf Toumi (r.toumi@imperial.ac.uk)

Gulf Stream forcing of mesoscale instabilities and their effect on downstream weather and climate

Supervisor: Dr Arnaud Czaja (a.czaja@imperial.ac.uk)

Co-Supervisor Michael Vellinga (UK Met Office)  

Why does climate sensitivity depend on forcing?

Supervisor: Dr Paulo Ceppi (p.ceppi@imperial.ac.uk)

How does moisture affect the circulation of the atmosphere?

Supervisor: Dr Paulo Ceppi (p.ceppi@imperial.ac.uk)

Identifying how and why the Earth’s outgoing longwave energy spectrum has changed over the last decade

Supervisor: Dr Richard Siddans (richard.siddans@stfc.ac.uk)

Co-Supervisors: Dr Helen Brindley and Dr Richard Bantges

Aerosol-cloud interactions in a changing Arctic (Note this is not an SSCP project)

Supervisor: Dr Ed Gryspeerdt (e.gryspeerdt@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Helen Brindley

 

Space Physics

Projects in space physics are offered through STFC studentships. Click on the project name to find out more. Please then contact the relevant supervisor who will be able to tell you more about the process.

The plasma environment around Ganymede

Supervisor: Dr. Marina Galand (m.galand@imperial.ac.uk)

Energy deposition in the coma of comet 67P

Supervisor: Dr. Marina Galand (m.galand@imperial.ac.uk)

Aeronomy of Mars and Venus

Supervisor: Dr. Ingo Mueller-Wodarg (i.mueller-wodarg@imperial.ac.uk)

Physics of the inner heliosphere

Supervisor: Prof. Tim Horbury (t.horbury@imperial.ac.uk)

 

Laboratory Spectroscopy

Projects in space physics are offered through STFC studentships. Shown below are projects that were offered last year, as an indication of the research being carried out in this area. Click on the project name to find out more. Please then contact Prof. Pickering who will be able to tell you more about the process.

These projects are NOT for entry in 2020. 2020 entry projects will be listed soon

Spectroscopy of astrophysically important elements

Supervisor: Prof. Juliet Pickering (j.pickering@imperial.ac.uk)

How to apply?

If you have any questions regarding the PhD program in SPAT, please contact the SPAT Admissions Coordinator using the email address spat.pg@imperial.ac.uk.

Follow this link to be redirected to PhD application forms

Once you have submitted your application online, please save the full application in pdf format and send a copy to the SPAT Admissions Coordinator and the SPAT Group Administration at spat.pg@imperial.ac.uk and space.sec@imperial.ac.uk

President's PhD Scholarship

The President's PhD Scholarship offers full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London. Up to 50 students across the College are funded each year, with no restriction on nationality. However, it should be emphasised that this is an extremely competitive award, which is reserved for candidates of exceptional academic achievement, as well as demonstrated commitment to research. The Space and Atmospheric Physics group is proud to have hosted several President's PhD Scholars in recent years.

Successful candidates are typically one of the top students in their graduating cohort, have experience of research, and often have authored or co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles as an undergraduate. 

The first step in the process is to make contact with a prospective supervisor. We are very happy to support competitive applications - if you are interested in working with a particular academic, please contact them directly, details are here. If one of the projects listed on this page is of particular interest, please do let us know.

The group is limted in the number of candidates that it can support. We therefore encourage you to make early contact with prospective supervisors. We will consider applicants at three deadlines:

  • 1 November 2019
  • 3 January 2020
  • 13 March 2020

If you have any questions regarding the PhD program in SPAT, please contact the SPAT Admissions Coordinator using the email address spat.pg@imperial.ac.uk.