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Simulating the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The current generation of exoplanet discovery missions has revealed the diversity of exoplanetary systems that include rocky worlds within the habitable zone of the host star. Future missions will be probing the atmospheres of these planets with unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution. This project will use state-of-the-art coupled chemistry global circulation models, based upon the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), to simulate the composition and dynamical structure of rocky exoplanets.

The successful candidate will receive training in planetary atmospheric physics and chemistry, computer programming, the use highly parallelised numerical codes running on high performance computing (HPC) systems and tools for analysis and visualisation of large datasets. Prof. Marsh also works at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and the successful candidate would have the opportunity to visit and work with research staff at NCAR.

Funding Notes

This project is open to self-funded students and is eligible fro funding from the Henry Ellison Scholarship, Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and EPSRC scholarships. All successful UK/EU and international application will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Physics and Astronomy.

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