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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship on Aerosol Effects on Convection at University of Oxford

From Philip Stier <>
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Date Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:43:54 +0000

PhD (DPhil) studentship on aerosol effects on convective clouds and climate

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

We are offering a fully funded (for UK/EU applicants) studentship, to be affiliated with the newly founded Oxford Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Research

The primary objective of this project is to investigate aerosol effects of on convective clouds as basis for improved estimates of the anthropogenic climate effects. Theoretical considerations emphasise the importance of mixed and ice cloud microphysics for aerosol effects on convective clouds; yet, current global climate models generally do not even simulate ice-cloud microphysics for convection. This project will combine high-resolution aerosol-cloud modelling with detailed representations of aerosol and cloud microphysical processes with extensive analysis of data from field campaigns and remote sensing. One emphasis of this work will be the improvement of next-generation global aerosol climate models.

This project is part of BACCHUS, an European Union collaborative project aiming to quantify key processes and feedbacks controlling aerosol cloud interactions, and is closely aligned with related research funded by the European Research Council in the Climate Processes group. BACCHUS will establish datasets of advanced measurements of cloud and aerosol properties in unprecedented detail in combination with state-of-the-art numerical modelling. This project opportunities to experience collaborative research in a consortium of 20 leading international partners, including ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

More details on this PhD project and details on the application procedures can be found on the Climate Processes jobs webpage. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2014.

Please direct informal enquiries to Philip Stier (


Philip Stier
Associate Professor
Climate Processes
Department of Physics
University of Oxford

phone: +44 1865 272887

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