2019 NERC Doctoral Training Projects

Student PhD Opportunities 2019

We are pleased to announce that projects with our 5 DTPs are now going live.

BAS has a broad range of projects with our DTP and CDT partners every year.  Each DTP and CDT has a separate application process, which is usually through the university at which the project is linked.  For GW4+ and Iapetus projects, you should apply directly to the lead supervisor.  In all cases, you are advised to check the application process carefully to ensure you meet the criteria and deadlines.  It is advisable to contact the lead supervisor for an informal chat and further information about the project before applying.

Eligibility: NERC studentships are bound by the UK Research & Innovation  (UKRI) eligibility criteria.  These are outlined in their Terms and Conditions of Training Grants document, and given in more detail in their Training Grant Guide.

ARIES

Applications for BAS/ARIES projects should be made through the UEA online portal system

Deadline for applications: 11:59, Tuesday 8th January 2019

Impact of mesoscale eddies on the plankton communities of the Polar Frontal zone

Supervisors:

Prof. Geraint Tarling (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Carol Robinson (UEA), Prof. Willie Wilson (Marine Biological Association), Dr Sally Thorpe (BAS)

SOCRATES: Understanding processes that control Southern Ocean clouds

Supervisors:

Dr Andrew Orr (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Ian Renfrew (UEA), Dr Tom Lachlan-Cope (BAS), Dr Paul Field (MetOffice), Prof. Greg McFarquhar (Uni of Oaklahoma)

A stratospheric bridge linking Arctic sea ice loss to cold European winters

Supervisors:

 Dr Hua Lu (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Tom Bracegirdle (BAS), Dr Manoj Joshi (UEA), Prof. David Stevens (UEA)

C-CLEAR

Applications for BAS/C-CLEAR projects should be made through the Cambridge University online portal system

Deadline for applications: 12:00 noon, Thursday 3rd January 2019

Untangling the web: Using machine learning to understand climate critical dynamics int he Southern Ocean CE004

Supervisors:

Dr Andrew Meijers (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Peter Haynes (Uni of Cambridge), Mark Webb (MetOffice Hadley Centre)

Sea salt from blowing snow above sea ice – variability and magnitude of a new particle source in a warming world CE013

Supervisors:

Dr Markus Frey (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Eric Wolff (Uni of Cambridge), Dr Xin Yang (BAS), Dr Anna Jones (BAS)

The Southern Ocean cloud problem – the role of aerosols CE024

Supervisors:

Dr Tom Lachlan-Cope (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Michael Herzog (Uni of Cambridge)

Stirring the seas: How is the structure of the global ocean set and why do climate models get it so wrong? CE025

Supervisors:

Dr Andrew Meijers (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Peter Haynes (Uni of Cambridge)

How do orbital and solar cycles imprint themselves on Greenland and Antarctic ice cores? CE026

Supervisors:

Dr Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Francesco Muschitiello (Uni of Cambridge)

Future stratospheric ozone changes and associated impacts CE029

Supervisors:

Dr Andrew Orr (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Luke Abraham (Uni of Cambridge), Dr Tracy Moffat-Griffin (BAS)

Melt layers in ice cores CE034

Supervisors:

Dr Liz Thomas (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Eric Wolff (Uni of Cambridge)

The new ozone killer – sea salt aerosol produced over sea ice CE040

Supervisors:

Dr Xin Yang (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Anja Schmidt (Uni of Cambridge), Dr Anna Jones (BAS)

Modelling the subice Antarctic lithosphere and the evolution of dynamic topography SE108

Supervisors:

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Nicky White (Uni of Cambridge)

GW4+

Deadline for applications: 16:00, Monday 7th January 2019

To apply for a BAS hosted project, please send your CV, a cover letter no more than 2 sides A4 detailing your reasons for applying and why you have chosen the project, contact details of 2 professional references (these cannot be from the project supervising team), a copy of degree certicates, and transcripts.  You should apply directly to the lead supervisor of the project.

Atmospheric ice nucleating particles – is there a fingerprint of past changes in polar snow and ice?

Supervisors:

Dr Markus Frey (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Walter Schwarzacher (Uni. of Bristol), Dr Amélie Kirchgässner (BAS)

Barium cycling in high-latitude sea-ice environments

Supervisors:

Prof. Mike Meredith (BAS), Dr Katharine Hendry (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Bristol), Dr Dorothee Bakker (UEA), Malcolm Woodward (PML), Tristan Horner (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)

Connections between tropical and polar climate change

Supervisors:

Dr Thomas Bracegirdle (BAS), Prof. James Screen (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Exeter), Dr Doug Smith (Met Office)

Decadal predictability of the rapidly changing Antarctic climate system

Supervisors:

Dr Thomas Bracegirdle (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr John King (BAS), Prof James Screen (Uni of Exeter)

Future climate and mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet

Supervisors:

Dr Andrew Orr (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Tony Payne (Uni of Bristol), Dr Gareth Marshall (BAS), Prof. Richard Essery (Uni of Edinburgh)

Linking subglacial landscapes, geology and ice sheet dynamics in East Antarctic frontiers

Supervisors:

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Jonathan Bamber (Uni of Bristol), Prof. Martin Siegert (Imperial College London)

Microplastic pathways in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors:

Dr Sally Thorpe (BAS), Dr Katy Sheen (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Exeter), Prof. Tamara Galloway (Uni of Exeter), Dr Emma Young (BAS)

Tackling the plastic waste problem: Quantifying polymer contamination of the terrestrial environment

Supervisors:

Dr Steve Roberts (BAS), Dr Ian Bull (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Bristol), Dr David Naafs (Uni of Bristol), Dr Huw Griffiths (BAS), Dr Claire Waluda (BAS), Dr Kevin Hughes (BAS), Dr Anish Warrier (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India), Prof. Rahul Mohan (NCAOR, India)

Modelling Antarctic zooplankton and their response to climate change

Supervisors:

Prof. Eugene Murphy (BAS), Dr Sevrine Sailley (Lead Supervisor) (PML), Dr Jorn Bruggeman (PML), Dr Fanny Monteiro (Uni of Bristol), Dr Sally Thorpe (BAS)

What happened to all the Antarctic sea ice?

Supervisors:

Dr Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Prof. Paul Valdes (Uni of Bristol), Dr Alistair Sellar (Met Office)

Reconstructing past temperatures from the terrestrial Southern Hemisphere over the last 20,000 years

Supervisors:

Dr Steve Roberts (BAS), Dr David Naafs (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Bristol), Dr Angela Gallego-Sala (Uni of Exeter)

Investigation into the importance of aerosols from blowing snow for accurate predictions of Arctic climate change

Supervisors:

Dr Markus Frey (BAS), Dr Daniel Partridge (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Exeter), Dr Alistair Sellar (Met Office), Prof. Jim Hayward (Uni of Exeter), Dr Xin Yang (BAS)

IAPETUS

Deadline for applications: 16:00, Friday 18th January 2019.

To apply for the BAS hosted project, please send your CV, a cover letter no more than 2 sides A4 detailing your reasons for applying and why you have chosen the project, contact details of 2 professional references (these cannot be from the project supervising team), a copy of degree certicates, and transcripts.  You should apply directly to the lead supervisor of the project.  For more information on how to apply, please visit the Iapetus website

High resolution simulations of Antarctic ice sheet change

Supervisors:

Dr Louise Sime (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Uni of Durham), Dr Robert Mulvaney (BAS), Dr Vittoria Guarino (BAS)

Reconstructing the past topography of Greenland

Supervisors:

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli (BAS), Dr Stewart Jamieson (Lead Supervisor) ( Uni of Durham), Prof Dave Roberts (Uni of Durham), Dr Neil Ross (Uni of Newcastle)

Investigating feedbacks between landscape evolution and ice-sheet dynamics

Supervisors:

Dr Louise Sime (BAS), Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Durham), Dr Neil Ross (Uni of Newcastle), Dr Stewart Jamieson (Uni of Durham)

Constraining past accumulation rates from the interior of Antarctica with radar data: implications for ice sheet dynamics and evolution

Supervisors:

Dr Tom Jordan (BAS), Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Durham), Dr Neil Ross (Uni of Newcastle), Dr Stewart Jamieson (Uni of Durham), Dr Robert Arthern (BAS)

The Southern Ocean’s role in CO2 change

Supervisors:

Dr Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand (BAS), Dr James Rae (Lead Supevisor) (Uni of St Andrews), Dr Andrea Burke (Uni of St Andrews)

Reconstructing Antarctic ice sheet history and palaeoceanography from novel use of avian stomach oil deposits

Supervisors:

Prof. Dominic Hodgson (BAS), Prof. Erin McClymont (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Durham), Prof. Mike Bentley (Uni of Durham), Dr Philippa Ascough (Uni of Glasgow)

 

INSPIRE

Applications for a BAS/INSPIRE project should be made through the GSNOCS online portal

Deadline for applications: Friday 4th January 2019

What controls the internal wave field and turbulent mixing over Southern Ocean undersea topography?

Supervisors:

Dr Alex Brearley (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Andrew Meijers (BAS), Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato (Uni of Southampton), Dr David Smeed (National Oceanography Centre)

The impact variability in atmospheric forcing on organic carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors:

Dr Dan Jones (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Adrian Martin (National Oceanography Centre), Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato (Uni of Southampton), Dr Emily Shuckburgh (BAS)

Variability in circulation and exchange in a sub-Antarctic island fjord

Supervisors:

Dr Emma Young (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Ivan Haigh (Uni of Southampton), Prof. Adrian Jenkins (BAS), Dr Paul Brickle (SAERI)

Antarctic climate history at the onset of glaciation: Was there ice in the greenhouse?

Supervisors:

Dr Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand (BAS), Dr Steve Bohaty (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Southampton), Dr Richard Boardman (Uni of Southampton), Prof. Paul Wilson (Uni of Southampton)

The origin of Antarctic ice shelf fauna, the timing of its emergence and the demographic stability of the fauna over time

Supervisors:

Dr Katrin Linse (BAS), Dr Adrian Glover (Lead Supervisor) (Natural History Museum), Dr. Jon Copley (Uni of Southampton), Dr Thomas Dahlgren (University of Gothenburg)

GSNOCS Project

Functional response of Antarctic benthic fauna to climate change

Supervisors:

Prof. Lloyd Peck (BAS), Prof. Martin Solan (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Southampton), Dr Jasmin Godbold (Uni of Southampton)

NERC-NSF International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

Exploring terrestrial geological evidence for past glaciation and volcanism in the Thwaites Glacier catchment, Antarctica

Supervisors:

Dr Joanne Johnson (Lead Supervisor) (BAS), Dr Dylan Rood (Imperial College London), Prof. Brent Goehring (Tulane University), Dr Steve Roberts (BAS)

University of Bristol

The Antarctic ice sheet of the past million years

Supervisors:

Dr Louise Sime (BAS), Prof. Paul Valdes (Lead Supervisor) (Uni of Bristol), Dr Ed Gasson (Uni of Bristol)