Emergent Constraints on the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Mathematics – PhD (Funded) Ref: 3215

About the award


Prof Peter Cox, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence as soon as possible.  For eligible students, the studentship will cover full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) 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 Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

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 Post-Doctoral Research Assistants, 3 PhDs, and a data analyst, who will be working with Professor Cox on aspects of ECCLES. In particular, this PhD candidate will be involved with the identification of new emergent constraints, leading to improved understanding of the Earth System.

The project will focus broadly on the terrestrial carbon cycle, combining the latest datasets and models to understand the response of land carbon stocks under future climate change. A better quantification of this is urgently needed: This information may help inform policy decisions in terms of fossil fuel emission budgets and climate change mitigation. The student may also consider these kinds of questions later in the project.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence as soon as possible.

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 physical science or mathematics.

A relevant masters-level qualification would be highly-beneficial. The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of the climate system and experience in data analysis.

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 http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

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).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 5th October 2018.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus in the week commencing 9th October.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 725150/722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Professor Peter Cox (p.m.cox@exeter.ac.uk).


Application deadline:5th October 2018
Value:£14,777 per year for 3.5 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Office Office +44 (0)1392 722730 / 5150 stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk