Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

PhD Opportunities

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere. Please have a look at our latest projects listed below and then go to the School research degree pages which give information about the application procedure, fees and scholarships, and other relevant information. If you have already secured sponsorship for your research degree study and have a specific research proposal, we would welcome an application form from you.

Projects with Guaranteed Funding

Projects in competition for Leeds/York NERC DTP awards

Leeds hosts NERC Leeds/York SPHERES Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which is recruiting up to and including 2018. Please visit for a full list of projects and information about how to apply. Any projects that are not filled in the DTP selection process will remain available for other candidates wishing to seek alternative sponsorship.

The DTP offers a wide range of PhD projects in atmospheric science from the surface to the mesosphere. Project topics include atmospheric chemistry, aerosols and clouds, meteorology, dynamics and climate science. The research methodologies involve laboratory work, fieldwork and numerical modelling and are ideally suited for graduates in physics, chemistry, maths, computing, engineering and environmental sciences.

The Doctoral Training Partnerships aim to equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the skills necessary to understand the complex interactions within the Earth system. This enables them to contribute to the development of scientific and policy solutions to the problems we will face in the coming decades, on both national and global scales.

You can read more about the PhD opportunities in Climate and Atmospheric Science here.

Centres for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics and Bioenergy

SEE is a partner in two new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) at Leeds, recently funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - one in Fluid Dynamics and one in Bioenergy, both of which have links to ICAS.  Each will train 50 new PhD students over the next 5 years, with the first group of students registering in October 2014.

The new Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics is a partnership between three Faculties at Leeds: Engineering, Environment and Mathematics & Physical Sciences.   Students in this Centre will receive formal training in a range of scientific techniques, including theoretical, computational and laboratory methods. Through partnership with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), students will have the opportunity to develop field skills in environmental measurement.  You can read about the opportunities available here.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy will also offer PhD studentships that are multidisciplinary, covering important environmental challenges such as ensuring that bioenergy sources can be sustainably and responsibly produced, as well as addressing technological and economic barriers.  You can find more information about the studentships on offer here.

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