Space and Climate Physics

University College London

PhD 3.5 years Dorking, UK

Uploaded 16 Dec 2021

Job Description

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics, is a world-leading space science laboratory. It offers a unique environment, with scientists at the forefront of space science research working alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space missions. 

Our PhD students develop skills in public speaking, data analysis 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.


Funded Studentships: your fee and stipend
Applications from both UK and non-UK students for a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) studentship remain open until 31st January 2022. The STFC studentship will cover your fee and stipend for the 3.5 years of your research degree study. The number of the STFC studentships available for non-UK students is limited, but the additional support from UCL's International Scholar Award for Doctoral Training (ISAD) will fully cover both the oversea fee and stipend.
After we receive your application, we will assess whether to invite you for an interview. Our selection criteria are academic performance, research potential and motivation for the relevant research project. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to visit MSSL for an interview or for a remote interview, depending on the circumstances at the time. Interviews will take place on 2nd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th and 16th March. You will also have the opportunity to talk to your prospective supervisor(s) and the PhD students in the research group you have applied to. The studentships are for the advertised projects only. Please look at the STFC PhD project page. In your application, please specify which project(s) you wish to apply for. You can choose multiple projects, but please clearly list them with the motivation for each project.

Person Specification

An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree, or a second-class Bachelor’s degree together with a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
English level expected for the students whose first language is not English: Standard