Call for SSCP DTP PhD applicants

Deadline for applications: midday (12pm GMT) 7 January, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the call for PhD applications is now open!  All important details regarding the studentship application process can be located below. As the studentships are funded by UKRI NERC, please read the UKRI Studentships webpage for information, which also includes eligibility details. Should you still have any questions about our studentships, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For any remaining queries please contact us.

About the Studentship

The SSCP DTP will award 14 fully funded NERC studentships in 2022-23. Applicants can choose from a number of projects which have been proposed by various Imperial academics and researchers from our partner institutions.

Projects

Click here to view a complete list of upcoming projects for 2022

Funding

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

  • Stipend based on RCUK minima (currently £17,609 including London Weighting Allowance for 2021/2022)
  • 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. It is recommend that if you class as an international student, speak with project's lead supervisor regarding funding options.

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 are 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. We have multiple processes in place to try and remove bias and encourage diversity. Information on some of these can be found under 'How to apply'.

Eligibility

To be classed as a home student, applicants 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 classified as an International student (as advised above, this year UKRI announced that there will be a limited number of studentships for international students available).

There is further guidance on UKRI Eligibility Criteria here, in Annex One of the International Eligibility Guidance.

Candidates will also be expected to meet Imperial entry requirements and SSCP DTP requirements.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please complete this pre-application form. Information provided here will not be used during the selection process and is to provide data required by our funder, NERC. However, please ensure you record your Unique ID as this will be needed as the application process progresses. If you are applying solely for projects led by the Natural History Museum, you do not need to complete this pre-application form as you will be asked to complete an equivalent form through their system.

Check out all projects listed and make contact with the supervisors for those that particularly interest you. They can often provide further advice and information about the project. You should also speak to the supervisor if you would like to suggest a slightly different project.

When you are preparing to apply, we suggest that you look at the SSCP DTP scoring criteria and our top tips for applying for a PhD. In your CV, we recommend that you do not include information such as age and gender, and when you ask for references (required later in the process), please ask your referee to not include your name and ensure the language is gender neutral.

Once you have decided which project you would like to apply for, please send CV and covering note (no more than 2 pages), plus your Unique ID, to the named lead supervisor of your project by midday (12pm, GMT) 7 January, 2022. Please note that the College is closed 24 December 2021 – 3 January 2022 inclusive.

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 – you can find their email address at the top of the project form.

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 23 February, 2022. 


2022 Projects

Below we've listed all the project opportunities for 2022, listed by:

  1. Imperial College London Departments and
  2. Core Partner Institutes

Note: all core partner projects are co-supervised by an Imperial supervisor - these are listed both under the department as well as the core partner and are marked with an asterisk*

1) Imperial College London

Centre for Environmental Policy

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_03_CEP_CollinsUrban climate resiliency schemes for multiple environmental and social benefits: Using community co-production to identify synergies and inform design Dr Alexandra Collins
 2022_04_CEP_OluleyeA novel decision-support framework to accelerate adoption of concepts to support cost-effective industrial decarbonisation Dr Gbemi Oluleye
 2022_05_CEP_Collins Viticulture in the UK: an opportunity for improved rural sustainability?   Dr CM (Tilly) Collins
 2022_06_CEP_Kountouris Wildfires in the UK: understanding the risk and assessing preferences for mitigation and adaptation responses Dr Yiannis Kountouris
 2022_99_CEP_Rogelj‌‌ Emissions Responsibility Accounting for the net zero transition: developing national and regional accounting frameworks to stimulate climate change action Dr Joeri Rogelj
2022_98_CEP_Otto  Vulnerability and exposure in climate change attribution Dr Friederike Otto

Department of Chemical Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_07_ChemEng_Chanona Planning Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure through Machine Learning to Mitigate Carbon Emissions and Climate Uncertainty Dr Antonio Del Rio Chanona
2022_08_Chem Eng_Hallett Upcycling of waste cellulose to nanocomposites using ionic liquids Professor Jason Hallett
2022_09_ChemEng_Hawkes Global bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): an environmental, economic and social analysis Professor Adam D Hawkes
2022_10_Chem Eng_Song Sustainable membranes for renewable energy conversion and storage Dr Qilei Song

Department of Chemistry

Project Title Lead Supervisor
‌‌2022_11_Chemistry_Talbot Food-grade protein extraction from microalgae using cutting edge clean and green separation methods  Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot
2022_12_Chemistry_Kucernak Grid-scale energy storage in flow batteries using sustainable materials Professor Anthony Kucernak
2022_13_Chemistry_Kucernak Development of next-generation water electrolysis for green hydrogen production  Professor Anthony Kucernak

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_01_BGS_Jackson Chalk stratigraphy and its role in managing groundwater abstractions in Chalk river catchments Dr Christopher Jackson (BGS)/Professor Adrian Butler*
2022_02_BGS_Mackay Conceptual groundwater modelling of global groundwater datasets: learning through large-sample comparative hydrogeology Dr Jonathan Mackay (BGS) /Professor Adrian Butler*
2022_14_Civil Eng_Myers ElementTracker: Analysing resource implications of socioeconomic development through a digital twin of the physical economy Dr Rupert J. Myers 
2022_15_Civil Eng_Paneda A new generation of physically-based models for predicting ice-sheet fracture and sea level rise Dr Emilio Martinez-Paneda
2022_16_Civil Eng_Lee Investigating epigenetics regulation and the techno-economics of micro-aeration microbiome for manipulating methane formation to support the Net Zero Carbon Transition Dr Po-Heng (Henry) Lee
2022_17_Civil Eng_Karmpadakis ReX-COAST: Re-defining extreme coastal wave events Dr Ioannis Karmpadakis
2022_19_Civil Eng_Tsiampousi Climate resilient earthwork design using green infrastructure Dr Katerina Tsiampousi
2022_20_CivilEng_Lawrence Developing drone based InSAR to monitor natural processes Dr James Lawrence
2022_21_Civil Eng_Craske The energetics behind ocean mixing and climate Dr John Craske
2022_22_Civil Eng_Kia Irrigation of green infrastructure using novel permeable pavements (IrriGreen) Dr Alalea Kia
2022_23_Civil Eng_Christou Nature-based solutions for coastal protection Dr Marios Christou
2022_24_Civil Eng_Majumdar Investigation of relationship between delivery motorcyclists’ riding behaviour, fatigue, sleep, heat-stress and traffic-related air and noise pollution Professor Arnab Majumdar
2022_25_Civil Eng_Buytaert Flood resilience under climate change in mountain regions Professor Wouter Buytaert
2022_26_Civil Eng_Callaghan Combining Stereovision Imaging of the Sea Surface and Machine Learning to Characterise Ocean Breaking Waves Dr Adrian Callaghan
2022_27_Civil Eng_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
2022_28_Civil Eng_Callaghan Using Digital Imaging to Study Wind-Driven Laboratory and Ocean Waves with a Focus on the Development of Wave Breaking Dr Adrian Callaghan
2022_76_NHM_Schofield Sustainably and economically minimising waste from low-impact processing of laterites Dr Paul Schofield (NHM)/Dr Rupert Myers*

Dyson School of Design Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_74_Dyson_Cardin Data-Driven Optimisation of Electric Airport Systems for Better Climate Sustainability and Resilience Dr Michel-Alexandre Cardin
2022_75_Dyson_George Light Enabled Rechargeable Battery systems Dr Chandramohan George

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_51_EEE_Angeli Sustainable bio-manufacturing of platform and high-value chemicals through data-driven model predictive control  Professor David Angeli

Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_29_ESE_Roberts Biodiversity and the Evolving Earth: New Data, New Methods, New Insights Dr Gareth Roberts 
2022_30_ESE_Muxworthy Biomagnetic Monitoring as an urban air quality assessment Professor Adrian Muxworthy
2022_31_ESE_Muxworthy Testing the core-mantle-boundary & Large Igneous Province hypothesis: a full-vector palaeomagnetic study of the North Atlantic Igneous Province Professor Adrian Muxworthy
2022_32_ESE_Muxworthy Determining the Magnetic Signature of Hydrocarbon-rich Environments: A Numerical Approach Professor Adrian Muxworthy
2022_33_ESE_Siegert Glacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet: An isotopic geochemical and palaeomagnetic inventory of the West Antarctic rock material Professor Martin Siegert
2022_34_ESE_Roberts Hard Rock to Heavy Metal: Data and tools for geochemical baselines and chemical fluxes through landscapes Dr Gareth Roberts
2022_35_ESE_Piggott Accelerating Scientific Discovery of Complex Scientific Applications with Physics-Informed Machine Learning: Acquatic Eco-Dynamics in Lakes Professor Matt Piggott
2022_36_ESE_Arcucci Modelling Extreme weather events using Data Science, Machine Learning, and social sentiments Dr Rossella Arcucci
2022_37_ESE_Agudo High-resolution subsurface imaging in offshore wind farms Dr Oscar Calderon Agudo
2022_39_ESE_Goes Understanding how subduction has shaped Circum-Pacific tectonics using 3D numerical models Professor Saskia Goes
2022_41_ESE_Brito-Parada Coupling Life Cycle Assessment and modelling tools to inform sustainable mineral resource management  Dr Pablo Brito-Parada
2022_42_ESE_Roberts Mantle convection, melting and landscape evolution Dr Gareth Roberts
2022_43_ESE_Whittaker Landscape sensitivity to past and future climate: Solving the intermittency puzzle Dr Alex Whittaker
2022_44_ESE_Hadler Transforming mine waste into a raw material for sustainable battery production Dr Kathryn Hadler
2022_45_ESE_Paulatto Multi-scale characterization of water flow in submarine hydrothermal systems Dr Michele Paulatto
2022_46_ESE_Whittaker Submarine channels, structural deformation and delivery of sediment and plastics to the deep ocean Dr Alex Whittaker
2022_47_ESE_Rood (In)stability of glaciers and climate in volcanic landscapes of the Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica, and American Pacific Northwest Dr Dylan Rood
2022_48_ESE_Bastow Understanding slow slip earthquake mechanisms and seismic hazard using local earthquakes: Hikurangi margin, New Zealand Dr Ian Bastow
2022_49_ESE_Paulatto Multi-scale imaging of magma reservoirs Dr Michele Paulatto
2022_50_ESE_Goes Mapping thermal and compositional structure of cratons Professor Saskia Goes
2022_77_NHM_Jungblut Cradle-to-cradle mining: Can we return waste from laterite mines into a self-sustaining soil? Dr Anne D. Jungblut/Dr Pablo Brito-Parada (Dept of Earth Science and Engineering)*

2022_97_ESE_Bell Investigating subduction plate boundary earthquake hazards using controlled-source seismic data

Dr Rebecca Bell

Department of Life Sciences

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_52_DoLS_Windbichler CRISPR/Cas9 gene drives for the genetic control of agricultural pests Dr Nikolai Windbichler
2022_53_DoLS_Brazeau Deep vertebrate phylogeny and the origins of vertebrate reproductive modes: new insights from exceptionally preserved fossils Dr Martin D Brazeau
2022_54_DoLS_Savolainen Plant-fungal coevolution and speciation on a remote oceanic island Professor Vincent Savolainen
2022_56_DoLS_Schroeder Birds, trees and seasons: a long-term study of phenology Dr Julia Schroeder
2022_57_DoLS_Gill Investigating how trait responses to climate change shape Arctic plant-pollinator networks Dr Richard Gill
2022_58_DoLS_Abzhanov The shape of head: cellular and molecular mechanisms of facial morphogenesis Dr Arkhat Abzhanov
2022_59_DoLS_Jimenez Analysis of the microbiota of kelp Dr Jose Jimenez
2022_60_DoLS_Leite The Macroecology of Landscape Ecology: Global Patterns of Sensitivity in Birds Dr Cristina Banks-Leite
2022_61_DoLS_Turnbull Disentangling climate change and biotic impacts on success of aphid populations   Professor Colin Turnbull
2022_62_DoLS_RansomeRestoring UK seagrass habitats to maximise carbon capture   Dr Emma Ransome
2022_63_DoLS_Woodward Beavers as rewilding ecosystem engineers Prof Guy Woodward
2022_64_DoLS_Pawar Assembling Functionally Stable Microbial Communities Under Fluctuating Environments Dr Samraat Pawar
2022_65_DoLS_Vogler Phylogenetic diversity of the most species-rich ecosystems on Earth Professor Alfried Vogler
2022_78_NHM_Twitchett The impact of Anthropocene and deep-time warming on burrowing decapod crustaceans Professor Richard Twitchett (NHM)/Dr Will Pearse*
2022_79_NHM_Pressel Bryophyte-microbe interactions on the remote oceanic island of St. Helena Dr Silvia Pressel (NHM)/Prof Martin Bidartondo*
2022_80_Kew_Larridon Untangling the diversity and evolution of hairsedges (Bulbostylis, Cyperaceae) in Africa Dr Isabel Larridon (Kew)/Professor Vincent Savolainen*
2022_81_Kew_Bramley Understanding diversification and distribution patterns of the New Guinea flora Dr Gemma Bramley (Kew)/Dr Will Pearse*
2022_82_Kew_Forest EDGE Angiosperms: integrating phylogenetics and extinction risk data for conservation prioritisation in flowering plants Dr Felix Forest (Kew)/Dr James Rosindell*
2022_91_ZSL_Pettorelli Ecosystem degradation, climate change and tropical ecosystem stability – Tanzania as a case study Dr Nathalie Pettorelli (ZSL)/Dr Will Pearse*

Department of Materials

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_66_Materials_Dunlop A 3D vision of soil biology via nanoparticle-enabled X-CT imaging Dr Iain E. Dunlop
2022_67_Materials_Walsh Accelerated materials development for solar energy conversion using artificial intelligence Professor Aron Walsh
2022_68_Materials_Bouville Room temperature densification of seashell waste carbonate composites as tile replacement Dr Florian Bouville

Department of Mathematics

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_69_Maths_Cotter Transport-oriented tools for weather forecast verification Professor Colin Cotter

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_70_MechEng_Masen Biomimetic lubrication – learning from nature to provide sustainable lubrication solutions Dr Marc Masen
2022_95_MechEng_Rigopoulos Aggregation in turbulent plumes arising from volcanic eruptions Dr Stelios Rigopoulos

Department of Physics

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_71_Physics_Toumi A global tropical cyclone model Professor Ralf Toumi
2022_72_Physics_Ceppi How does moisture affect the circulation of the atmosphere? Dr Paulo Ceppi
2022_73_Physics_Nelson Evaluating carbon based materials for sustainable electrochemical energy storage Professor Jenny Nelson
2022_94_Physics_Gryspeerdt Measuring the timescales for precipitation - how quickly can you make a cloud rain? Dr Edward Gryspeerdt

School of Public Health

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_83_SPH_Fisher Linking land use to antimicrobial resistance exposures in our air Professor Matthew Fisher
2022_84_SPH_Donnelly Countering the threat of African Swine Fever to Borneo’s Bearded pig Professor Christl Donnelly
2022_85_SPH_Hancock Modelling the releases of genetically modified mosquitoes for malaria control in spatially connected environments Dr Penny Hancock
2022_86_SPH_Okell Modelling the evolution and spread of drug-resistant malaria Dr Lucy Okell
2022_87_SPH_Dorigatti West Nile Virus transmission risk from environmental, animal and human surveillance data Dr Ilaria Dorigatti
2022_88_SPH_Vamos Dual environmental and health impacts of industrialised food processing in Europe  Dr Eszter Vamos
2022_89_SPH_Beevers The Net Zero transition: How does its impact on future energy use and indoor air quality in the UK homes? Dr Sean Beevers
2022_90_SPH_Murray Linking agricultural land-use intensity, ecological integrity and infection risk in the rural Sahel Dr Kris Murray
2022_92_ZSL_Brekke Investigating the chronic impacts of urban air quality on the brain. Dr Patricia Brekke (ZSL)/Dr Ian Mudway*
2022_93_ZSL_Woodroffe Understanding fine-scale badger behaviour to inform the control of bovine tuberculosis Professor Rosie Woodroffe (ZSL)/Professor Christl Donnelly*
2022_96_SPH_Basanez Modelling the environmental suitability of the zoonotic infection taeniasis/cysticercosis Professor Maria-Gloria Basanez

Department of Surgery and Cancer

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_100_Surgery_ Salehi-Reyhani Autonomous Online Detection of Priority Pollutants in Remote Environments Dr Ali Salehi-Reyhani

2) Core Partner Institutes

British Geological Survey

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_01_BGS_Jackson Chalk stratigraphy and its role in managing groundwater abstractions in Chalk river catchments Dr Christopher Jackson/Professor Adrian Butler (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)*
2022_02_BGS_Mackay Conceptual groundwater modelling of global groundwater datasets: learning through large-sample comparative hydrogeology Dr Jonathan Mackay/Professor Adrian Butler (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)*

Natural History Museum

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_76_NHM_Schofield Sustainably and economically minimising waste from low-impact processing of laterites Dr Paul Schofield/Dr Rupert Myers (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)*
2022_77_NHM_Jungblut Cradle-to-cradle mining: Can we return waste from laterite mines into a self-sustaining soil? Dr Anne D. Jungblut/Dr Pablo Brito-Parada (Dept of Earth Science and Engineering)*
2022_78_NHM_Twitchett The impact of Anthropocene and deep-time warming on burrowing decapod crustaceans Professor Richard Twitchett/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)*
2022_79_NHM_Pressel Bryophyte-microbe interactions on the remote oceanic island of St. Helena Dr Silvia Pressel/Prof Martin Bidartondo (Dept of Life Sciences)*

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_80_Kew_Larridon Untangling the diversity and evolution of hairsedges (Bulbostylis, Cyperaceae) in Africa Dr Isabel Larridon/Professor Vincent Savolainen (Dept of Life Sciences)*
2022_81_Kew_Bramley Understanding diversification and distribution patterns of the New Guinea flora Dr Gemma Bramley/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)*
2022_82_Kew_Forest EDGE Angiosperms: integrating phylogenetics and extinction risk data for conservation prioritisation in flowering plants Dr Felix Forest/Dr James Rosindell (Dept of Life Sciences)*

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Project Title Lead Supervisor
2022_91_ZSL_Pettorelli Ecosystem degradation, climate change and tropical ecosystem stability – Tanzania as a case study Dr Nathalie Pettorelli/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)*
2022_92_ZSL_Brekke Investigating the chronic impacts of urban air quality on the brain. Dr Patricia Brekke/Dr Ian Mudway (School of Pulic Health)*
2022_93_ZSL_Woodroffe Understanding fine-scale badger behaviour to inform the control of bovine tuberculosis Professor Rosie Woodroffe/Professor Christl Donnelly (School of Public Health)*
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