Theoretical basis for Emergent Constraints on Climate Change – PhD Mathematics (Funded) Ref: 2762

About the award

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.  The student would be based in Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter

Academic Supervisor:  Professor Peter Cox, University of Exeter

Project Description:

The ECCLES project aims to reduce uncertainties in climate-carbon projections using Emergent Constraints. Emergent constraints are relationships between observable variations in the Earth System and future changes, which are evident across an ensemble of models. ECCLES will provide a general theoretical basis for these, and identify new constraints on the role of the land biosphere in the Earth System. This PhD studentship is one of a team of 3 PDRAs, 3 PhDs, and a data analyst, who will be working with Professor Cox on aspects of ECCLES. In particular, this PhD will explore the theoretical basis for emergent constraints, applying linear response theory and variants of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, to do so.

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 £14,553 per year tax-free stipend.  Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in October 2017. 
Entry requirements:

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 an appropriate area of Mathematics or Theoretical Physics.

A relevant masters-level qualification would be highly-beneficial. The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of the climate system, linear response theory and Emergent Constraints.

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

How to apply

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In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 724365/722730.


Application deadline:10th October 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:£14,553 for 3.5 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM PGR Office