The Space Systems Laboratory (http://ssg.group.shef.ac.uk/ssg2013/index.htm) in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield is a world leading centre in advanced analytical/numerical modelling, analysis of high-resolution observations obtained by cutting-edge ground and space based instruments, shock physics and space weather prediction. It is actively involved in several current and past missions, such as the European Space Agency’s Venus Express and Cluster missions. A successful candidate would work closely with the group on a research topic focused on analysis of data collected by spacecraft, to better understand the interaction of the Sun with the bodies in the solar system. For example, this could include collisionless shocks, plasma processes related to planetary atmospheric evolution and novel approaches to measurement.
Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/scholarships