Student Training and PhD Opportunities

There are currently over 100 PhD students associated with our organisation and nearly half of these students work full time at our offices and labs in Cambridge. Students have full access to our state of the art research facilities and some have the opportunity to carry out research in the polar regions. We strongly encourage the pursuit of interdisciplinary projects, and there is the opportunity to work with teams at the forefront of global change and exploration science in both polar regions.

Here are the BAS projects with our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) partners for 2021.  Each DTP and CDT has a separate application process, and this is usually through the university at which the project is linked.  Please read and follow the instructions carefully before applying to ensure your application can be fully considered.

Eligibility:  UK students will be eligible for a full NERC studentship.  More information is available in the UKRI Training Grant Guide.  A full studentship will include the cost of fees, stipend, and research funding allowance.

UKRI have confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of 2021/2022 academic year.  There will be a limited number of international studentships available.  Further information for international studentships is available on each DTP and CDT website.

C-CLEAR DTP

How to apply:  Applications should be made to the University of Cambridge.

Application deadline: Thursday 7th January 2021 @ 12:00 GMT

CE218: Modelling Ocean Melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Supervisors:

Paul Holland (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), John Taylor (University of Cambridge)

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CE219: Climate clusters: using interpretable machine learning to detangle the dynamical and biogeochemical structures of the climate system

Supervisors:

Dan Jones (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Peter Haynes (University of Cambridge)

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CE221: Ice sheets, fans and drifts: how glacial-marine processes and climate change have built the West Antarctic continental margin

Supervisors:

Robert Larter (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Julian Dowdeswell (University of Cambridge)

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CE233: Shrinking sea ice – reconstructions from ice cores

Supervisors:

Liz Thomas (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Chiara Giorio (University of Cambridge)

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CE209: North-South Asymmetries in the Polar Atmosphere

Supervisors:

Ingrid Cnossen (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Michael Herzog (University of Cambridge)

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CE243: Unlocking the fingerprint of air-snow exchange of reactive halogens and nitrogen at the poles

Supervisors:

 Xin Yang (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Rachael Rhodes (University of Cambridge)

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CE212: Sea salt from blizzards above sea ice – magnitude and climate impacts of a new particle source in a warming world

Supervisors:

 Markus Frey (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Rachael Rhodes (University of Cambridge)

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CE223: Do extra-terrestrial impacts offers global stratigraphical markers?

Supervisors:

 Victoria Peck (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Christine Lane (University of Cambridge)

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SE213: Unveiling the lithospheric cradle of the Antarctic ice sheet and dynamic topography effects

Supervisors:

Fausto Ferraccioli (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Nicky White (University of Cambridge)

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CE220: What are the atmospheric drivers of melt on George VI ice shelf, Antarctica?

Supervisors:

Amelie Kirchgaessner (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Ian Willis (University of Cambridge)

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CE244: Accelerating sea ice loss in the Arctic: models and melt ponds

Supervisors:

Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Rachael Rhodes (University of Cambridge)

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BC246: An inordinate fondess for seabirds: how to explain patterns in abundance and diversity of albatrosses and petrels across the Southern Ocean

Supervisors:

Richard Phillips (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Andrea Manica (University of Cambridge)

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BC229: Population identity and foraging ecology of South Georgia humpback whales

Supervisors:

Jen Jackson (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Tamsin O’Connell (University of Cambridge)

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BC240: Quantitative ecology of Antarctic benthic communities

Supervisors:

Rowan Whittle (BAS), Emily Mitchell (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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BC225: Signals of long term change in marine invertebrate skeletons – analysis of samples over 50 years in cockles across Europe

Supervisors:

Lloyd Peck (BAS), Elizabeth M. Harper (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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CE222: Machine learning for past climate reconstruction: identifying AMOS variations using proxy-climate fingerprints

Supervisors:

Scott Hosking (BAS), Francesco Muschitiello (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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CE226: Balancing the methane budget from pre-industrial to present

Supervisors:

Thomas Bauska (BAS), Rachael Rhodes (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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CE239: ICEOTOPE: Novel isotope tracing of iron and metal weathering cycles in polar regions Balancing the methane budget from pre-industrial to present

Supervisors:

Stephen Roberts (BAS), Helen Williams (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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BC224: 4 million years of environment change: faunal and ecological changes in the North Sea

Supervisors:

Alistair Crame (BAS), Liz Harper (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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CE213: Lifting the veil on past changes in the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere

Supervisors:

Liz Thomas (BAS), Chiara Giorio (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge)

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ARIES DTP

How to apply: Please use the “Apply Now” link at the foot of the project for which you are interested.

Application deadline: Tuesday 12th January 2021 @ 23:59 GMT

Arctic Climate Extremes: The Role of Changing Interactions between Atmospheric Modes (MARSHALL_UBAS21ARIES)

Supervisors:

Gareth Marshall (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Ian Renfrew (University of East Anglia)

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Baleen Whale-prey Associations in the Northern Scotia Arc (FIELDING_PBAS21ARIES)

Supervisors:

Sophie Fielding (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Clare Embling (University of Plymouth)

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Methane In and Above the Polar Oceans: How Much is There, Where is it Coming From, and is it Changing (JONES_RHBAS21ARIES)

Supervisors:

Anna Jones (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), James France (University of London)

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Mapping Antarctic Marine Microbial Diversity (CLARK_PBAS21ARIES)

Supervisors:

Melody Clark (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Kerry Howell (University of Plymouth)

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INSPIRE DTP

How to apply:  Please use the “how to apply” link on the INSPIRE website.

Application deadline: Monday 4th January 2021

Interaction between gelatinous zooplankton and microplastics in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors:

Clara Manno (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Cathy Lucas (University of Southampton)

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How air-sea interactions affect organic carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors:

Dan Jones (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Adrian Martin (University of Southampton)

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Antarctic benthic Mollusca: biodiversity, community and functional group structure in habitats influenced by varying ice-cover and the Weddell Gyre  

Supervisors:

Katrin Linse (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Phil Fenberg (University of Southampton)

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The changing freshwater composition of the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean: causes and impacts

Supervisors:

Povl Abrahamsen  (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Alberto Naveira Garabato (University of Southampton)

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Thermal sensitivity of field metabolic rates of marine fishes 

Supervisors:

Gabriele Stowasse  (BAS), Clive Trueman (Lead Supervisor)(University of Southampton)

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IAPETUS2 DTP

How to apply:  Please use the “how to apply” link on the the Iapetus2 website.

Application deadline: Friday 8th January 2021 @ 17:00 GMT

IAP2-20-030: A call to ARMS: Monitoring polar biodiversity

Supervisors:

Melody Clark (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Ben Wigham (Newcastle University)

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IAP2-20-036: Shrubification in a changing High Arctic 

Supervisors:

Kevin Newsham (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Philip Wookey (University of Stirling)

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IAP2-20-029: Future Biofouling and anti-biofouling strategies

Supervisors:

Lloyd Peck (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Tony Clare (Newcastle University)

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IAP2-20-034: Fanning the flames: past and future links between climate change and fire activity across Siberia

Supervisors:

 Gareth Marshall (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Robert Baxter (Durham University)

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IAP2-20-127: Recreating the South Orkney Ice Cap: a sentinel of Antarctic Ice Sheet change?

Supervisors:

Kelly Hogan (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Stewart Jamieson (Durham University)

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IAP2-20-053: Deep beneath the Ice: Seismic Imaging of the Antarctic mantle

Supervisors:

Alex Brisbourne (BAS), Jennifer Jenkins (Lead Supervisor) (Durham University)

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IAP2-19-065: Iceberg Calving in West Antarctica

Supervisors:

Rob Larter (BAS), Doug Benn (Lead Supervisor) (University of St Andrews)

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GW4+ DTP

How to apply: 

Projects led by a BAS supervisor:  you should apply directly to the lead supervisor.  You must provide in a single PDF format; i) CV, ii) statement of interest, iii) copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, iv) names of 2 professional referees and their institutional email addresses

GW4+ projects listed with BAS as a co-supervisor: please follow the link in the project title where more information is available

Application deadline: Friday 8th January 2021 @ 23:59 GMT. Interviews will take place from 8th to 19th February 2021.  For more information about the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership, please visit the GW4+ website

 

Antarctic sea ice in a changing planet – insights from palaeoclimate archives.

Supervisors:

Claire Allen (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Jenny Pike (Cardiff University)

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Atmospheric ice nucleating particles – in search of a fingerprint of past change in polar snow and ice

Supervisors:

Dr. Markus M. Frey,(Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr. Liz Bagshaw, (Cardiff University)

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The role of zooplankton (Antarctic krill) in the marine silica cycle at South Georgia

Supervisors:

Sophie Fielding (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Jenny Pike (Cardiff University)

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Uncovering the long term sensitivity of Southern Ocean phytoplankton to Antarctic climate change, using novel geochemical and ancient DNA proxies

Supervisors:

Claire Allen (BAS), Dr Sev Kender (Lead Supervisor) (University of Exeter)

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Waves and Winds at the Edge of Space

Supervisors:

Dr Tracy Moffat-Griffin, (BAS), Dr Corwin Wright (Lead Supervisor) (University of Bath)

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Antarctic Krill – what’s for dinner in the Southern Ocean?

Supervisors:

Prof Geraint Tarling, (BAS), Dr Aditee Mitra (Lead Supervisor) ( Cardiff University)

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Frozen-in: characterising the micro-environment of ice inhabiting microbes

Supervisors:

Dr Liz Thomas (BAS), Dr Chris Williamson (Lead Supervisor) (University of Bristol)

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SENSE CDT

How to apply:  Please visit the SENSE CDT website for more information

Application deadline: Sunday 10th January 2021

Using remote sensing tools to study ocean health and whale strandings

Supervisors:

Jen Jackson (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Encarni Medina-Lopez, (University of Edinburgh)

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Blue carbon change on polar continental shelves with ocean colour & current dynamics 

Supervisors:

David Barnes (BAS)(Lead Supervisor) , Christian März (University of Leeds)

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Faster, greener, and more competitive? How will vegetation alter in a changing Antarctic?

Supervisors:

Kevin Newsham (BAS), Claudia Colesie (Lead Supervisor) (University of Edinburgh)

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Ice Sheet – ocean interactions: Using satellite data to understand ice dynamic change

Supervisors:

Pierre Dutrieux (BAS), Anna Hogg (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds)

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Measuring Antarctic uplift due to ice loss, from space 

Supervisors:

Alex Brisbourne (BAS), Andy Hooper (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds)

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