Projects for 2019 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 2019.

Key dates:

Wednesday 5 December, Department of Physics open day (Location: Blackett Laboratory)

The department of physics will hold its annual open day for postgraduate study on 5 December. 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.

Wednesday 12 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.

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

A number of projects are on offer through the NERC Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership. 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.

Diagnosing dust-climate interactions in observations to test Earth System Models

Supervisor: Dr Helen Brindley (h.brindley@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Alistair Sellar (Met Office Hadley Centre)

Wildfires and the evolution of the global climate system

Supervisor: Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis (a.voulgarakis@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Arnaud Czaja & Dr Paulo Ceppi (Grantham Institute)

The intensity of tropical cyclones at landfall

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

Dynamic Ecosystem Response to Tropical Cyclones

Supervisor: Prof. Ralf Toumi (r.toumi@imperial.ac.uk)
Co-Supervisor: Prof. Jon Lloyd (Dept. of Life Sciences)

Gulf Stream forcing of mesoscale instabilities and effect on weather/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)

 

Space Physics

Projects in space physics are offered through STFC studentships, and the NERC Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership. 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 application process.

STFC-funded projects

Physics of the inner heliosphere

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

NERC-funded projects

Predicting, modelling and mitigating extreme space weather

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

Laboratory Spectroscopy

Projects in space physics are offered through STFC studentships. Click on the project name to find out more. Research in laboratory spectroscopy is led by Prof. Juliet Pickering. Please contact Prof. Pickering who will be able to tell you more about the application process.

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 committment to research. 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:

  • 9 November 2018
  • 11 January 2019
  • 15 March 2019

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.