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Uncertainty in air pollution emissions from transport has been one of the most significant factors impacting air quality in the UK over the past decade. The well-publicised issues associated with urban NO2 have highlighted the knowledge gaps that exist regarding current and future emissions from the transport sector in real-world conditions. The Department for Transport (DfT) is supporting NERC in increasing the supply of highly trained individuals with PhD-level research and analysis skills associated with evaluating and predicting transport emissions. At this time three new NERC PhD awards   are available, to start October 2018.  Each award includes standard NERC stipend, fees and £11,000 Research Training Support Grant.

Within the scope of this opportunity projects are encouraged from UKRI eligible Principal Investigators* for PhD topics in areas including:

  • Observations and models of tailpipe and non-tailpipe emissions, present-day and future.
  • The impacts on atmospheric emissions arising from fleet electrification.
  • How policy interventions in the transport sector influence UK urban air quality.
  • New technologies for the measurement and management of transport sector emissions.

Projects can include new measurements and data collection or the exploitation of existing datasets. If applicants are unsure whether their PhD project would fit within the remit then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The application and evaluation process for the awarding of these studentships is being managed by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) on behalf of NERC and the DfT. Following external review and ranking by an independent expert panel, the successful applicants will be invited to complete a simplified JeS form, and this will be used by NERC to make a grant award direct to that institution.  Confirmation of awards will be made to successful Principal Investigators in early June 2018 with student enrolment expected for the October 2018 intake. Full integration of each studentship into a relevant NERC DTP cohort is expected. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be made by any one Institution. Proposals that include external partners and/or supervision, and that would operate as CASE studentships, are particularly welcomed.

Initial applications to NCAS should be made via the following form online:  APPLICATION FORM

The deadline for receipt of applications is 17:00 18/05/18

* Please note potential PhD students cannot apply directly to this scheme.



African weather/climate researchers and applied scientists are invited to apply for Fellowships sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African-SWIFT) project, led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

The SWIFT Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers to expand their knowledge of African weather and climate research and gain leadership experience. Successful applicants will become valued contributors of the African-SWIFT project, which aims to develop sustainable research capability in tropical weather forecasting, which will enhance the livelihoods of African populations and improve the economies of African countries.

The application deadline is 23:59 GMT on Friday 23rd March 2018.

Further information and application documents are provided on the GCRF African-SWIFT website: https://africanswift.org/swift-fellowships/

The studentship will focus on understanding the connections between regional and global scale atmospheric flows and their influence on local weather and air pollution events over the Asian region. The PhD project will support an ongoing NERC funded research project on improving our knowledge of meteorological and long term climate drivers affecting atmospheric composition over south Asia subcontinent. Studies will be conducted based on numerical simulations at higher spatial resolution over Asia, supported with available observations, to examine the expected changes in regional-global meteorological patterns over Asia and how these will impact on regional air quality (e.g. PM2.5, Ozone, NOx).  This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated student to work in a dynamic research area. For your application to be considered you will have a good first degree in the physical sciences (e.g. meteorology, physics, mathematics) and possibly an MSc in an appropriate topic.  

Please note that this studentship is only available to UK and EU Students.

This three years full time studentship provides tuition fees as well as a tax-free maintenance allowance of £14,553 per year. 

Contact: For further information please contact Professor Ranjeet S Sokhi, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date: This advert will remain open till a suitable candidate has been selected

We seek an enthusiastic research scientist to undertake research into the role of tropical waves in modulating high impact weather in Southeast Asia, to evaluate the representation of these waves and their relationship to high impact weather in Met Office operational forecastmodels, and develop new forecasting tools to support operational forecasting models in Southeast Asia. 

Location: Whiteknights Reading, UK

Department: The National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Meteorology.

Salary: £29,799 to £32,548 p.a.

Post type: Full-time

Contract: Fixed term until January 2020

Closing date: 25 January 2018

More information and to apply