College funded PhD Studentship in Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change Modelling Ref: 2594

About the award

Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Primary Supervisor: Professor Nadine Unger

Secondary Supervisor: To be confirmed

Project Description:

A fully-funded PhD opportunity is available for a creative candidate with a physical science and/or numerical background to join a new research group in Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Modelling at the University of Exeter. This project will quantify the impacts of ozone, aerosols and nitrogen pollution on crop yields, natural ecosystem health, and the land carbon sink in Europe and worldwide. The main research tools are the Harvard GEOS-Chem global chemistry-transport model ( and the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) and its new crop representation JULES-crop ( The successful candidate will receive full training in both model tools. The relative and interactive roles of air quality, land use, and climate change impacts on the future of European agricultural and natural ecosystems will be investigated. The research is computationally intensive and involves analyses using climate model visualization software. The research will generate new results in support of the IPCC AR6 Assessment Report. Previous experience in atmospheric science and scientific programming is an advantage.

Contact for informal enquiries: For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor, Professor Nadine Unger

Application criteria:

You should have or expect to achieve at least a First Class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science or Meteorology. Experience in atmospheric science and/or scientific programming is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.


Application deadline:11th June 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:3.5 year studentship including UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18)
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Postgraduate Research

How to apply

To apply, complete the online form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

Interviews will be held at Streatham Campus week commencing 19 June 2017.
Please quote reference 2594 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.