Projects for 2020 Entry

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 (Note these have all now passed)

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.

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

Come and meet the 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 15th January 2020, 12pm - 3pm, Space and Atmospheric group open day SPACE FOCUS (Location: Huxley Building, room 711c)

Come and meet the space 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.

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

This process is now closed

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 were advertised for entry in October 2020. The application process has now completed, and so we are no longer accepting enquries in atmospheric physics. Space physics projects are still available

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)

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 (with the exception of Dr. Hietala's project which is supported by an internal scheme). 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.

Shocks in the inner heliosphere

Supervisor: Dr. Heli Hietala (h.hietala@imperial.ac.uk)

Aeronomy of Jupiter or Mars & 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)

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)

Mercury's dynamic space environment

Supervisor: Dr. Adam Masters (a.masters@imperial.ac.uk)

Predicting, modelling and mitigating extreme space weather

Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Eastwood (jonathan.eastwood@imperial.ac.uk)

Laboratory Spectroscopy

Laboratory spectroscopy are offered by Prof. Juliet Pickering. We are not seeking to recruit any students in this area for projects starting in October 2020.

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.