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  Developing geospatial methods for resource assessments of renewable energy technologies
  Prof R McKenna, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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Energy planning processes require detailed data relating to the technical potential and associated costs of renewable energies. These data are employed by stakeholders and researchers to inform decision-making relating to future energy systems.
  Energy system integration of offshore energy: exploring synergies between oil and gas and renewables sectors
  Prof R McKenna, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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The offshore wind and Oil & Gas sectors are historically largely separate. This project seeks to exploit synergies between the two in order to reduce the costs associated with O&G abandonment.
  Energy system modelling of decentralised energy system transitions: integrating technical, economic and social dimensions
  Dr A Maheri
Application Deadline: 21 June 2020

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Cities and municipalities are crucial areas of focus due to the large and growing populations living in them. But they are also complex dynamic systems, which present challenges to energy system modellers.
  Multi-energy models of residential energy demand: further developments and international comparisons
  Prof R McKenna, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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Several researchers have developed bottom-up simulation models (Load Profile Generators, LPGs) for residential buildings in various international contexts such as the UK (CREST/CHAP), Germany, Sweden, and Japan.
  What is the optimal scale for fully autonomous municipal energy systems?
  Prof R McKenna, Dr M Gronwald
Applications accepted all year round

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The energy transition requires the integration of large amounts of fluctuating, heterogeneously-spatially-distributed electricity into the energy system.
  Fully funded PhD Studentship: Computational / data science techniques to improve and integrate weather forecasting in business decision-making
  Prof M D Piggott
Application Deadline: 14 June 2020

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Applications are invited for a four year full-time PhD studentship to work on a research project jointly with Imperial College London (the departments of Earth Science & Engineering, Physics and Mathematics and Shell (the Data Science Centre for Excellence).
  London NERC DTP NPIF PhD Studentship: Hyperspectral and Thermal Remote Sensing of Landscape Fire Properties
  Prof M Wooster
Application Deadline: 18 June 2020

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The studentship will explore use of multi- and hyper-spectral laboratory and airborne remote sensing in characterising landscape fires, and ultimately the use of such metrics to help improve and validate new information extractable from satellite observations of active fires.
  Climate change influences on landsliding in the British Isles
  Dr M Ibsen, Dr A P Dykes, Dr S Downward
Applications accepted all year round

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Climate change predictions for the British Isles generally indicate that there will be higher winter rainfall in future, but with more frequent high intensity rainfall events at any time of year.
  Laser driven novel particle sources
  Prof D Neely, Prof P McKenna
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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The PhD project involves investigation of the use of ultra-intense lasers to drive novel sources of secondary particles and radiation, with particular emphasis on the generation of muon beams or penetrating radiation capable of being used for imaging applications.
  Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Tornadoes along Quasi-Linear Convective Systems
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Prof D Schultz, Dr A Revell, Dr A Skillen
Applications accepted all year round

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The UK experiences as many tornadoes as the USA as a whole. 1.2 vs 1.3 tornadoes per 10,000 km2 per year on average (Mulder and Schultz 2015).
  Scattering by Cirrus: from Microphysics to Climate Change
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Prof A Webb, Dr P Connolly, Dr A Smedley
Applications accepted all year round

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Ice clouds, which can cover 20-35% of the Earth’s surface at any time, make a major contribution to radiative forcing in the atmosphere, both trapping IR (terrestrial) radiation and reflecting solar radiation.
  Understanding the formation and impacts of pockets of high ice crystal concentrations in mixed-phase layer clouds
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Dr P Connolly, Dr D Topping
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project aims to understand how small-scale heterogeneity observed within clouds – so called “pockets of high ice crystal number density” – affect mixed-phase layer clouds (see Lloyd et al, 2015).
  Dynamics of Midlatitude and Tropical Convective Storms
  Prof D Schultz, Prof G Vaughan, Dr L Garcia-Carreras
Applications accepted all year round

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Convection is ubiquitous in the atmosphere. Although the ingredients of deep moist convection are well known (lift, instability, and moisture), how those ingredients come together to produce the observed panoply of convective storms worldwide remains an active area of research.
  GW4 FRESH CDT PhD Studentship: Chemical and ecological effects of combined sewer overflows on rivers
  Prof J Hofman
Application Deadline: 11 June 2020

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GW4 FRESH is a consortium of the UK’s top research intensive universities. Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter and research organisations, British Geological Society and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  Microscintillator radioactivity detector
  Dr K Aplin
Applications accepted all year round

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This project offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between physics and engineering, and gain experience in industry.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

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The Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science is now recruiting to our 4-year PhD programme for 2020 entry.
  Atmosphere blocking dynamics: Persistence, re-intensification and interaction with other weather systems
  Dr O Martinez-Alvarado, Dr R Schiemann, Dr K Hodges, Dr D Ackerley
Applications accepted all year round

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Atmospheric blocking occurs when persistent high-pressure systems (or anticyclones) remain quasi-stationary over a given location or region at mid- or high-latitudes.
  Evaluating and improving high-resolution high-impact weather numerical weather forecasts
  Dr RS Plant, Dr T Stein
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the past decade, high-resolution numerical weather forecasting has become practical using so-called “convection-permitting” models for lead times of 1-24 hours.
  How predictable are Arctic cyclones?
  Dr K Hodges
Applications accepted all year round

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The area of proposed research is the predictability of Arctic cyclones.
  Improved time-stepping schemes in weather and climate models
  Prof P Williams, Dr H Weller
Applications accepted all year round

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"The task of predicting weather and climate may be reduced to the following iterative procedure. First, given the state of the system at any time (the input), use the governing equations to compute the state at a slightly later time (the output).
  New models of Outer Radiation Belt Dynamics
  Dr C Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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The Department hosts a vibrant Space and Atmospheric Electricity group whose research interests span the remit of Space Weather from the Sun through the heliosphere to Earth.
  PhD in Equatorial waves and Tropical cyclons
  Dr K Hodges, Dr G-Y Yang
Applications accepted all year round

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Tropical Cyclones and equatorially-trapped waves are two major components of tropical weather systems. They are responsible for not only high impact weather events (such as extreme precipitation and high speed winds) in the tropics but also weather events in the extratropics through teleconnections.
  PhD in snow microphysics
  Dr C Westbrook
Applications accepted all year round

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The formation and evolution of ice particles (snowflakes) in clouds is an important problem in atmospheric physics. Ice particles in clouds influence the radiation budget of the earth.
  What are the impacts of future changes in Tropical Cyclone activity in the Arabian Sea
  Dr K Hodges, Dr R Schiemann, Dr AG Turner
Applications accepted all year round

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Arabian Sea Tropical Cyclones (TCs) occur once or twice per year on average. Yet they have significant impacts, through their intense rainfall, strong winds and storm surges, on the coastal regions of Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and western India.
  Experimental Aerodynamics and Environmental Flows
  Research Group: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  Dr C Vanderwel
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Dr Christina Vanderwel. Project description. There are two openings for PhD students to work on “Simulating urban air pollution in the lab”.
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