Call for SSCP DTP PhD Applicants

Deadline for applications: 4 January, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the SSCP DTP call for PhD applications is now open.  All essential details regarding the studentship application process can be found below. Should you still have any questions about our studentships, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For any remaining queries granthamphd@imperial.ac.uk.

About the Studentship
The SSCP DTP will award 14 fully funded NERC studentships in 2021-22. Applicants can choose from a number of projects which have been proposed by various Imperial academics and researchers from our partner institutions.

Funding

SSCP DTP studentships are fully funded for a minimum of 3.5 years. They include:

  • Stipend based on RCUK minima (currently £17,285 including London Weighting Allowance for 2020/2021)
  • Home Fees
  • Research Costs

Before you apply
This year UKRI announced that there will be a limited number of studentships for international students available.  These international studentship awards will be subject to eligibility and the availability of funding, and we expect there to be keen competition for them. UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities. We recommend that, if you are an international student, you speak with the lead supervisor of the project you are interested in regarding funding options.

Please note that residency requirements will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland (whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement), nor to those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights (under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively).

Imperial College London and the SSCP DTP is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. Climate-related and environmental issues are inherently linked to inequality, and action to address these issues must be positive for all communities. As such, it is important that our research field is representative of the global society, and the DTP hopes to draw upon the talents of students from all backgrounds. We welcome all eligible applicants to apply to the programme and we encourage applicants from backgrounds that are under-represented in climate science.

If you are unsure how to approach your application before you submit it or if you have general questions on the application process, please contact us for assistance. For specific project queries, please contact the lead supervisor.

Eligibility

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or  
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter  

 If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

Further guidance on UKRI Eligibility Criteria can on the UKRI website and in the eligibility criteria.

Candidates will also be expected to meet Imperial entry requirements.

How to apply

Check out all projects listed and make contact with the lead supervisor for those that particularly interest you. They can often provide further advice and information about the project. 

Once you have decided which project you would like to apply for, please send CV and covering note (no more than 2 pages) to the named lead supervisor of your project by 6pm, 4 January, 2021.

What happens next?
After the closing deadline, the respective supervisors will review all applications in line with their departmental policies and procedures. Applicants can expect to hear regarding the primary stage at the end of January, and on the final outcome on or shortly after 22 February.
 

List of 2021-22 Projects 

Please see below list of PhD projects - to view projects listed by organisation/department please visit findaphd.com

Project TitleSupervisorDepartment
2021_01_UKCEH_White: Modelling the Effects of Climate Change on Mosquito-Borne Diseases Dr Steven White UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Department of Life Sciences
2021_02_ESE_Bell: Local earthquake analysis to reveal mud-volcano plumbing systems Dr Rebecca Bell Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_04_Chemistry_Greenaway: Porous Liquids for Selective Capture, Release, and Chemical Remediation, of Carbon Dioxide Dr Becky Greenaway Department of Chemistry
2021_05_ESE_Wilkinson: The origin of propylitic alteration halos in porphyry systems:  Professor Jamie Wilkinson Earth Science and Engineering
2021_06_Materials_Walsh: Data-driven mineral-inspired solar energy conversion Professor Aron Walsh Department of Materials
2021_07_Materials_Porter: Nanoscale Analysis of London Pollutant Particles and their Interaction with Airway Epithelial Cells Professor Alex Porter Department of Materials
2021_08_Materials_Shaffer: Designing Distributed Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 in ambient conditions using Electroswing Systems. Professor Milo Shaffer Department of Materials
2021_09_Physics_Toumi: Processes affecting tropical cyclone landfall Professor Ralf Toumi Department of Physics
2021_10_Physics_Ceppi: How does moisture affect the circulation of the atmosphere? Dr Paulo Ceppi Department of Physics
2021_11_BGS_Jackson: Conceptual modelling of global groundwater variability and change Dr Christopher Jackson British Geological Survey/Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_12_EEE_Angeli: Sustainable bio-manufacturing of platform and high-value chemicals through data-driven model predictive control Professor David Angeli Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
2021_13_ESE_Krevor: Global CO2 storage capacity: Modelling limitations of geography and injectivity Dr Sam Krevor Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_14_CiviEng_Paschalis: Topographic controls on soil biogeochemistry and its impact on water pollution Dr Athanasios Paschalis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_15_Chemistry_Fuchter: Azoheteroarenes: Next-generation solid-state solar thermal fuels for heat release applications Professor Matthew Fuchter Department of Chemistry
2021_16_ESE_Plancherel: Ocean deoxygenation: what are the biogeochemical implications, are there mitigation options? Dr Yves Plancherel Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_17_ESE_Wilkinson: Developing UV-Fluorescence Spectroscopy as a Tool for Mineral Exploration Professor Jamie Wilkinson Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_18_SPH_Fisher: Is global warming forcing the evolution of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in Kingdom Fungi? Professor Matthew C. Fisher School of Public Health
2021_19_ESE_Piggott: Accelerating Scientific Discovery of Complex Scientific Applications with Process-Guided Deep Learning: Aquatic Eco-Dynamics in Lakes Professor Matthew Piggott Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_21_Dyson_George: Light Rechargeable Battery systems Dr Chandramohan George Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_22_ESE_Paulatto: High resolution 3D imaging of an oceanic core complex: interaction of magma, water and faults on the mid-Atlantic ridge Dr Michele Paulatto Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_23_ESE_Morgan: Multi-parameter geophysical imaging of Santorini Volcano Professor Joanna Morgan Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_24_UKCEH_Scholefield: Developing new UAV-based survey approaches for monitoring tree and soil health indices in SE Asian oil palm plantations Dr Paul Scholefield UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Department of Life Sciences
2021_25_LS_Waring: Opportunities and Barriers for Natural and Assisted Forest Regeneration: UK Forests as a Case Study Dr Bonnie Waring Department of Life Sciences
2021_26_ESE_Paulatto: Multi-scale characterization of water flow in submarine hydrothermal systems Dr Michele Paulatto Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_27_ESE_Muxworthy: Testing the core-mantle-boundary & large igneious province hypothesis: a full-vector palaeomagnetic study of the North Atlantic Igneous Province Dr Adrian Muxworthy Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_28_ESE_Muxworthy: Understanding how serpentinisation affects marine magnetic anomalies Dr Adrian Muxworthy Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_30_Dyson_Picanali: Assessing ecosystem resilience through the use of ecoacoustics Dr Lorenzo Picinali Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_32_Maths_CotterNext generation computational modelling of postglacial rebound Professor Colin Cotter Department of Mathematics
2021_33_ESE_WhittakerTectonics from topography in Central Greece: decoding the history of fault growth and landscape evolution in the Corinth Rift Dr Alexander Whittaker Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_34_ESE_BastowMonitoring seismicity at volcanoes with geothermal prospects in Ethiopia Dr Ian Bastow Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_35_Kew_Larridon: Diversity and evolution of C4 photosynthesis in sedges (Cyperaceae) Dr Isabel Larridon Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Department of Life Sciences
2021_36_CivilEng_ReeuwijkQuantifying variability of the surface energy balance in heterogeneous vegetated urban areas Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_37_RAL_CoxUnderstanding how Earth is losing its cool: A study in support of the FORUM satellite mission Dr Caroline Cox RAL Space/Department of Physics
2021_38_LS_SavolainenSustainable palm agriculture and biodiversity in Africa: from genomics to economics Professor Vincent Savolainen Department of Life Sciences
2021_39_EEE_GunduzSustainable buildings: Reducing the carbon footprint of office buildings in the post-COVID era Professor Deniz Gunduz Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
2021_40_MechEng_Charlambides_Recycling solutions for single-use multi-layer plastic packaging Professor Maria Charalambides Department of Mechanical Engineering
2021_41_Kew_VorontsovaImproving food security in Africa: taxonomy, genetics and ecology of finger-grasses Dr Maria Vorontsova Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Department of Life Sciences
2021_42_CEP_HoweCHSocial-ecological-systems approach to badger management in the UK Dr Caroline Howe Centre for Environmental Policy
2021_43_ESE_Collier: Structure and tsunamigenic potential of the Lesser Antilles accretionary prism Professor Jenny Collier Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_44_ESE_PlancherelElementTracker: a digital framework to track elemental flows through the global economy Dr Yves Plancherel Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_45_CivilEng_PaschalisInvestigating the effect of plant dynamics on urban climates Dr Athanasios Paschalis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_46_EEE_ScarciottiComplexity Reduction for Weather Models Dr Giordano Scarciotti Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
2021_47_ESE_van-de-FlierdtThe importance of glaciated environments for seawater chemistry and the global carbon cycle - a case study from Greenland Professor Tina van de Flierdt Department of Earth Science and Engineering
‌‌2021_48_ESE_ParadaSustainable mine waste management: a closer look at dry stacking Dr Pablo Brito-Parada Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_49_Bioeng_NakayamaEnvironmental training of natural fibre crops for sustainable textile production Dr Naomi Nakayama Department of Bioengineering
2021_50_UKCEH_ZhangCharacterising individual Páramo plants and their dynamics from UAV imagery using deep learning techniques Dr Ce Zhang UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Department of Life Sciences
2021_51_MechEng_Rigopoulos: Aggregation in turbulent plumes arising from volcanic eruptions Dr Stelios Rigopoulos Department of Mechanical Engineering
2021_52_Kew_Forest: EDGE Angiosperms: integrating phylogenetic and extinction risk data for conservation prioritisation in flowering plants Dr Felix Forest Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Department of Life Sciences
2021_53_Dyson_Cooper: Electric shock! Energy storage prediction using machine learning for a grid with increasing renewable penetration. Dr Sam Cooper Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_54_ESE_Rehkamper: Understanding modern biogeochemical cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES project - Lead, zinc, cadmium and neodymium isotopes Professor Mark Rehkämper Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_56_ESE_Rehkamper: The transition metal isotope signatures of metalloproteins Professor Mark Rehkämper Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_57_Dyson_Friddin: Constructing a microfluidic chip for removing micro and nanoplastic pollution from water Dr Mark Friddin Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_58_ESE_Rehkamper: Cadmium Enrichment in Cocoa Beans - A Stable Isotope Investigation of Cd Sources and Mitigation Strategies Professor Mark Rehkämper Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_59_CivilEng_Callaghan: Quantifying the contribution of breaking wave bubble-mediated gas exchange to the air-sea flux of CO2 across the global oceans Dr Adrian Callaghan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_60_NHM_Pressel: Bryophyte-microbe interactions on the remote oceanic island of St. Helena Dr Silvia Pressel Natural History Museum/Department of Life Sciences
2021_61_ESE_Hadler: Transforming mine waste into a raw material for sustainable battery production Dr Kathryn Hadler Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_62_Ololuleye: A novel decision-support framework to quantify the impact of policies, business models and other interventions to accelerate adoption of strategies to support industrial decarbonisation Dr Gbemi Oluleye Centre for Environmental Policy
2021_63_ESE_Jackson: Aquifer thermal energy storage for large-scale heating and cooling in the UK Professor Matthew Jackson Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_64_CivilEng_Lee: Investigating epigenetics regulation of micro-aeration microbiome for methane formation manipulation and its techno-economics impact for Net Zero Carbon Emissions Dr Po-Heng (Henry) Lee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_65_Kew_Tovar: Managing ecosystem services of Andean wetlands for sustainable development Dr Carolina Tovar Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_66_LS_Vogler: Mapping the hidden arthropod biodiversity of UK soils using high-throughput sequencing Professor Alfried P. Vogler Department of Life Sciences
2021_67_Dyson_Baxter: Owning the Ocean Plastics Problem: an Intervention in Thailand Dr Weston Baxter Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_68_LS_Brazeau: The enigmatic early vertebrate clade Rhenanida and the evolution of vertebrate reproductive modes Dr Martin Brazeau Department of Life Sciences
2021_69_Aero_Laizet: Scale-resolving simulations of atmosphere / wind farm interactions Dr Sylvain Laizet Department of Aeronautics
2021_70_LS_Pearse: Wings of change: using museum collections to forecast insect pollinator responses to climate change Dr Will Pearse Department of Life Sciences
2021_71_ESE_Salinas: High enthalpy geothermal reservoir modelling and optimisation using dynamic mesh optimisation and surface-based modelling Dr Pablo Salinas Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_72_LS_Ransome: Restoring UK seagrass habitats to maximise carbon capture Dr Emma Ransome Department of Life Sciences
2021_73_LS_Graystock: Bee decline and climate mediated toxicity Dr Peter Graystock Department of Life Sciences
2021_74_ESE_van-de-Flierdt: Environmental Pollution as a Marine Tracer - Measuring and Modelling Anthropogenic Lead in the Indian Ocean Professor Tina van de Flierdt Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_75_Chemistry_Wilton-Ely: Low-cost monitoring of carbon monoxide air pollution in the community Dr James Wilton-Ely Department of Chemistry
2021_76_LS_Bell: Miniature doctors for ailing ecosystems: ecosystem restoration using microbial inoculants Professor Thomas Bell Department of Life Sciences
2021_77_ESE_Mason: Development of high-resolution UAV-based hyperspectral imaging capability for mineral exploration at Quellaveco mining district in Peru Dr Philippa Mason Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_78_ESE_Lonergan: Submarine channels, structural deformation and sediment delivery to the deep ocean Dr Lidia Lonergan Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_79_Bioeng_Nakayama: Resilience priming of cereal crops for sustainable agricultural improvement in Ethiopia Dr Naomi Nakayama Department of Bioengineering
‌‌2021_80_MechEng_Masen: Lubrication: inspired by nature Dr Marc Masen Department of Mechanical Engineering
2021_81_CEP_Woods: Technological change in agricultural systems and its impacts on sustainable development and climate action Dr Jeremy Woods Centre for Environmental Policy
2021_82_CivilEng_Karmpadakis: ReX-COAST: Re-defining extreme coastal wave events Dr Ioannis Karmpadakis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_83_UKCEH_Roy: Interactions amongst drivers of biodiversity change: a question of scale? Professor Helen Roy UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Department of Life Sciences
2021_84_LS_Tobias : Evaluating the role of biodiversity in delivering sustainable nature-based solutions to climate change Dr Joseph Tobias Department of Life Sciences
2021_85_ChemEng_Hallett: Nanocellulsoic materials from waste wood using low-cost ionic liquids Professor Jason Hallett Department of Chemical Engineering
2021_86_LS_Pawar: The effects of temperature fluctuations on microbial ecosystem dynamics and functioning Dr Samraat Pawar Department of Life Sciences
2021_87_LS_Woodward: Monitoring and modelling beaver reintroductions: from eDNA to ecosystem impacts Professor Guy Woodward Department of Life Sciences
2021_88_Chemistry_Talbot: High performance sustainable resins from lignin Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot Department of Chemistry
2021_89_MechEng_Rein: Zombie fires: Investigation of smouldering wildfires in the Arctic Professor Guillermo Rein Department of Mechanical Engineering
2021_90_LS_Abzhanov: The evolving jigsaw puzzle: origins, diversity, modifications and development of skull sutures Dr Arkhat Abzhanov Department of Life Sciences
2021_91_Chemistry_Kafizas: Can buildings purify polluted air? Developing solar-activated coatings that purify the air we breathe Dr Andreas Kafizas Department of Chemistry
2021_93_Physics_Nelson: Understanding energy and resource costs of low-carbon fuel technologies in transportation and energy storage Professor Jenny Nelson Department of Physics
2021_94_ESE_Goes: Understanding how subduction has shaped Circum-Pacific tectonics using 3D numerical models Professor Saskia Goes Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_95_ESE_Goes: Structure and evolution of the Africa plate from geophysical data Professor Saskia Goes Department of Earth Science and Engineering
2021_96_Dyson_Wu : Enabling affordable and low carbon energy access through battery deployment in developing countries Dr Billy Wu Dyson School of Design Engineering
2021_99_CivilEng_Mashayek: Polar stability in changing climate Dr Ali Mashayek Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_100_CivilEng_Mashayek: Coastal ecosystems in a changing climate Dr Ali Mashayek Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_101_CivilEng_Mashayek: Ocean turbulence: microphysics with climate impacts Dr Ali Mashayek Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_102_CivilEng_Myers: Quantifying the UK's cement grade clay resources Dr Rupert Myers Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_103_CivilEng_Mijic: The role of open water bodies on water quality and quantity through the wider water cycle Dr Ana Mijic Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2021_104_Aero_Palacios: High Winds and Deep Waters: Understanding the physics of openocean offshore floating wind farm Prof Rafael Palacios Department of Aeronautics
 
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