Astrophysics and Solar System PhD opportunities

UCL - Mullard Space Science Laboratory

PhD 3.5 years London, UK

Uploaded 4 Dec 2019

Job Description

Applications for PhD studentships to start in September 2020 at MSSL, UCL are now open. A list of PhD projects offered through STFC-funded studentships can be found on our PhD projects page.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics, is the largest University-based space science group in the UK. Offering a unique environment, with scientists at the forefront of space science research working alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space. 

Our PhD students develop skills in public speaking, analytical techniques, innovation and motivation that make them highly attractive to potential employers. The close contact that the Laboratory enjoys with Space Agencies such as ESA and NASA, and with industrial research teams also encourages the development of transferrable skills such as project management which enhance job prospects post-PhD, both in academic circles and beyond. While over 50% of past MSSL PhD students still work in the field in which they did their PhD studies, many others have found employment in related disciplines.

Job Description

The studentships are available for specific PhD projects in Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Plasma Physics and Planetary Science. The projects are listed at:

Applications from UK and EU students, meeting the residency requirements and submitted by 31st January 2020, will be given full consideration for a Science and Technology Facilities Council funded, 3.5 year studentship

Most students are full time, but part time will be considered

Other information

We strongly encourage applicants to contact the prospective supervisor before they apply and discuss the research project with them

The Department of Space and Climate Physics is an Institute of Physics' Juno Supporter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in higher education and research. UCL has a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and a Bronze award under ECU’s new Race Equality Charter for higher education.

Person Specification

Most projects require a degree in physics or a closely related field, plus good computational skills with each project detailing the desired knowledge and skills.