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Multi-spacecraft investigations of solar and heliospheric plasmas – PhD (Funded)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description


Dr Claire Foullon University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a PhD studentship funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This research project is in competition with one other studentship project. One studentship will be awarded to the best applicant for either project. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,777 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics which is part of the Department of Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Heliophysics is in its golden age, with an unprecedented number of satellites providing observations of unparalleled quality, either (remotely) of the Sun or (in-situ) of the solar wind. The project will be to investigate plasma and dynamical properties using the complementarities of multi-spacecraft observations. The objective is to reveal phenomena and unravel the physics governing key regions of our Sun-Earth system in the chain of space weather events that can affect our radiation environment, our communication systems and our climate. As well as joining the Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, the PhD student will directly benefit from links with the Astrophysics cluster and the nearby Met Office space weather activities. This brand new PhD project will equip the student with skills suited to address future science with Solar Orbiter, the ESA mission to be launched in 2020.

For students who meet the residency requirements outlined by Research Councils UK this award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,777 per year tax-free stipend. Applicants who are classed as international for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding. EU applicants who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Funding Notes

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences, or other appropriate discipline.
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see View Website).

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