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.

Our projects are in partnership with NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)s. More information can be found on their websites – C-CLEAR, ARIES, INSPIRE, IAPETUS, GW4+, AI4ER, SENSE

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – We are fully committed to the UKRI EDI principles and policies.  We strive to recruit and support a diverse and inclusive cohort of students.

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) were 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.

Our projects for 2022 are listed below.



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

Application deadline: Thursday 6th January 2022 @ 12:00 GMT


BC303: *Priority CASE Project* Population identity and foraging ecology of South Georgia humpback whales

Supervisors: Jennifer Jackson (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Tamsin O’Connell (University of Cambridge)

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BC320:Whale-Spotter: Counting Whales by satellite with deep learning

Supervisors: Peter Fretwell (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Carola Bibiane-Schönlieb (University of Cambridge)

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CE307: Using an ice core bubble barometer to answer: “How big was the Antarctic ice sheet in the past?”

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

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CE314: Ice nucleating particles 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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CE318: 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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CE321: Isotopic approaches to unravelling export and recycling processes in the Southern Ocean.

Supervisors: Clara Manno (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Helen Williams (University of Cambridge)

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CE327: Abrupt sea ice loss in the Arctic: Tipping points in warm and cold climates.

Supervisors: Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Francesco Muschitiello (University of Cambridge)

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CE333: 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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BC325: 4 Million years of environment change: faunal and ecological changes in the North Sea

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

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BC323: Machine Learning for past climate reconstruction: Identifying AMOC variations  using proxy-climate fingerprints.

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

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BC334: Tracking great baleen whales with seismic data from the North Atlantic seafloor

Supervisors: Sergei Lebedev (Lead Supervisor) (University of Cambridge), Jennifer Jackson (BAS)

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

Application deadline: Tuesday 4th January 2022

Associations between baleen whales and their prey in the northern Scotia Arc

Supervisors: Sophie Fielding (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Ryan Reisinger  (University of Southampton)

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Untangling the effects of climate change on ice shelf melting in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica

Supervisors: Kaitlin Naughten (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Alberto Naveira Garabato (University of Southampton)

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The role of stratosphere-troposphere coupling on North Atlantic air-sea interactions

Supervisors: Hua Lu (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Bablu Sinha (NOC)

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Biodiversity of macrobenthic Mollusca in the deep Atlantic, with special reference to the Southern Ocean

Supervisors: Katrin Linse (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Phil Fenberg (NOC)

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Time controls on mixing of heat around melting ice in the West Antarctic

Supervisors: Alex Brearley (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Eleanor Frajka-Williams (NOC)

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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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Resolving Antarctic meltwater events in Southern Ocean marine sediments and exploring their significance using climate models

Supervisors: Claire Allen (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Alessandro Silvano (University of Southampton)

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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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Thermal sensitivity of field metabolic rates of marine fishes across global latitude gradients

Supervisors: Clive Trueman (Lead Supervisor)(University of Southampton), Gabi Stowasser (BAS)

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Holocene reconstruction of terrestrial habitats and dispersal pathways in the Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic Islands

Supervisors: Sandra Bosch-Nogue(Lead Supervisor)(University of Southampton), Peter Convey (BAS)

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Unravelling oceanic multi-element cycles using single cell ionomics

Supervisors: Mark Moore (Lead Supervisor)(University of Southampton), Clara Manno (BAS)

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Explaining process, pattern and dynamics of marine predator hotspots in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors: Ryan Reisinger (Lead Supervisor)(University of Southampton), Phil Trathan (BAS)

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How to apply: Please follow instructions at the end of each individual project description

Application deadline:  Monday 10th January  2022


High-resolution monitoring of marine vertebrates in changing polar oceans with eDNA

Supervisors: Adam Monier (Lead Supervisor)(University of Exeter), Jennifer Jackson (BAS)

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Can you hear marine snow falling?

Supervisors: Bob Brewin (Lead Supervisor)(University of Exeter), Sophie Fielding (BAS)

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

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

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Diurnal vertical migration in the Southern Ocean: Importance to marine carbon sequestration and vulnerability to climate warming

Supervisors: Martin Genner (Lead Supervisor)(University of Bristol), Sophie Fielding (BAS)

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Autonomous underwater probe for ocean turbulence measurements to understand climate change

Supervisors: Anna Young (Lead Supervisor)(University of Bath), Pierre Dutrieux (BAS)

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Antarctic mass trends from satellite data and machine learning

Supervisors: Jonathan Bamber (Lead Supervisor)(University of Bristol), Rosie Williams (BAS)

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To eat or not to eat? Planktonic predator-prey dynamics in a warming ocean

Supervisors: Aditee Mitra (Lead Supervisor)(Cardiff University), Geraint Tarling (BAS)

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Understanding nonlinear wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts to improve space weather modelling

Supervisors: Oliver Allanson (Lead Supervisor)(University of Exeter), Nigel Meredith (BAS)

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How to apply: Applications should be made through the University of Registration

Application deadline: Midnight Wednesday 12th January 2022


The Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the role of bathymetry, eddies and sea ice

Supervisors: David Stevens (Lead Supervisor)(UEA), David Munday (BAS)

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What causes ozone depletion events and bromine explosions in the polar atmosphere?

Supervisors: Jan Kaiser (Lead Supervisor)(UEA), Markus Frey (BAS)

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How to apply: TBC

Application deadline: 5:00pm Friday 7th January 2022


IAP-21-200: Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures: Evaluating Biodiversity in polar areas (Antarctica and Arctic)

Supervisors: Melody Clark (Lead Supervisor)(BAS), Bem Wigham (Newcastle University)

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IAP-21-201: Drivers of extreme high temperature events over coastal Antarctica

Supervisors: Hua Lu (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Michael Byrne (University of St Andrews)

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IAP-21-204: Importance of trophodynamics and functional traits in the structure of macrobenthic Southern Ocean shelf communities

Supervisors: Katrin Linse (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), William Reid (Newcastle University)

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IAP2-21-217: The Shackleton Range of East Antarctica: unravelling a complex geological history via an integrated geochronological, geochemical and geophysical approach

Supervisors: Teal Riley (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Nick Gardiner (University of St Andrews)

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IAP2-21-295: What drove the Antarctic sea ice during the last ice age? An Earth System Modelling approach.

Supervisors: Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Erin McClymont (Durham University)

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IAP2-21-232: Shrubification in a changing High Arctic

Supervisors: Dr Kevin Newsham (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Phil Wookey (University of Stirling)

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IAP2-21-208: Deep beneath the Ice: Seismic Imaging of the Antarctic mantle

Supervisors: Jenny Jenkins (Lead Supervisor) (Durham University), Alex Brisbourne (BAS)

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IAP-21-212: Assessing the environmental and ecological drives of interannual variability in the life histories and population dynamics of icefishes (Family Channichthyidae) around the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia.

Supervisors: William Reid (Lead Supervisor) (Newcastle University), Philip Hollyman (BAS)

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IAP2-21-277: The glaciology and sub-ice landscape of the Weddell Sea region of Antarctica: implications for past ice sheet behaviour.

Supervisors: Stewart Jamieson (Lead Supervisor) (Durham University), Tom Jordan (BAS)

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IAP2-21-278: Discovering Landscapes Beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Supervisors: Stewart Jamieson (Lead Supervisor) (Durham University), Tom Jordan (BAS)

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IAP2-21-233: Landscape scale effects on biodiversity in temperate and polar seas

Supervisors: David Bailey (Lead Supervisor) (University of Glasgow), Simon Morley (BAS)

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

Application deadline: Sunday 9th January 2022

CHannelized Ice Shelf Melting (CHISM)

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

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Ice to Iron: Satellite Remote Sensing of suspended glacial sediments in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors: Peter Fretwell (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Peter Nienow (University of Edinburgh)

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Using Data Science to Improve Prediction of the Upper Atmosphere

Supervisors: Daniel Marsh (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds), Tracy Moffat-Griffin (BAS)

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A Tale of Two Poles: Exploring Mixed-Phase Clouds from above and below in Greenland and Antarctica

Supervisors: Ryan Neely III (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds), Floortje Van Den Heuvel (BAS)

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Ice formation in clouds and the implications for climate

Supervisors: Ken Carslaw (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds),  Floortje Van Den Heuvel (BAS)

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Southern Ocean Ice Interactions: Using satellite data to understand ice dynamic change in Antarctica

Supervisors: Anna Hogg (Lead Supervisor) (University of Leeds),  Andrew Meijers (BAS)

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