Studentship opportunities

The University of Birmingham has recently been announced as new academic partner of the UK Met Office.  As part of the partnership, we are offering a small number of fully-funded studentships to work on co-created projects in relevant areas across the two organisations.  The areas are:

Advancing Observations: Working towards a step change in observational capabilities, realising the value of third party and opportunistic observations to address growing needs.

Fusing Simulation with Data Science: Exploring the use of new and evolving data science methods such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced data assimilation for weather and climate prediction and impact-based services

Hazard to Decision Making: Using an interdisciplinary approach to increase understanding of the impacts of hazards and to develop better impact-based services.

Capturing Environmental Complexity: Extend applied environmental prediction capabilities with a focus on cities, air quality, the water cycle, and carbon and nitrogen cycles.

These are aligned to the latest Met Office research and innovation strategy.  More details on each area can be found on the Met Office website.

How to Apply

We are looking for applicants across these four areas with a willingness to flexibly shape a PhD to start in Autumn 2024.  Applicants are expected to include a 1000 word (max.) research proposal focussed on one of the four above areas and aligned to the Met Office research and innovation strategy as part of their application.  This will form the basis for further discussion and will be used to assign a supervisory team from the University and the Met Office.  The proposal will then evolve via a co-creation process to ensure that it is mutually beneficial to all.  Please note, that during this process the proposal could change considerably and therefore, a willingness to work more generally within the chosen area is an essential requirement.

Closing date is 23:59, 10 January 2024.

In the application, please select the department most closely aligned to your interests (If Geography / Environmental Science – please choose "PhD in Department of Environmental Health and Risk Management").  Also ensure you select 24/25 entry.  Good luck!

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Applications are welcome from all with a good degree from relevant disciplines.  Please note that the nature of the opportunity limits eligibility to UK students only.

Please direct any enquiries to Professor Lee Chapman or Professor Gregor Leckebusch