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[Met-jobs] FW: Fully funded PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England

From Clare Heaviside <>
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Date Fri, 2 May 2014 10:22:10 +0000

Fully funded PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England




Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to work on a collaborative research project on Air pollution control measures and potential climate change effects on multiple pollutant health burdens across the UK. This is a joint project between the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England (PHE). The PhD position is fully funded for three years (restricted to UK/EU students).

Air pollution is the environmental factor with the greatest impact on public health in Europe. The main pollutants of concern are ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particles. Exposure to these pollutants can lead to premature mortality and to hospital admissions for respiratory or cardiovascular ill-health. Understanding these air pollutants is complex because they are largely produced by chemical reactions within the atmosphere, there are multiple sources of emissions that contribute to their concentrations, and most processes are influenced by meteorological and climatic conditions. Policy action to limit one pollutant can sometimes lead to increases in another. This project will use an advanced atmospheric chemistry transport model to estimate the changes in UK health burden from exposures to the mixtures of air pollutants that may arise for a range of future pollutant emission scenarios and the sensitivity of these exposures to climatic variables. For further details see:


A good undergraduate degree in physics, meteorology, chemistry, mathematics, environmental sciences (which include some climate/atmospheric science), or a related discipline is required. An MSc or equivalent experience is desirable but not required. Good written and oral communication skills and some programming and/or modelling experience would be an advantage. The student will be trained in climate and air quality modelling and environmental and public health impact assessment.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest research-led universities in the UK. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the School of GeoSciences was ranked 1st in the UK in Earth Systems and Environmental Science. Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health, established formally in April 2013. PHE operates a nationwide, integrated public health service, working with and alongside others to protect and improve the public’s health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities.

The student will be registered in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. They will also spend some time at the PHE Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards at Chilton, near Didcot (Oxfordshire), where they will be part of the Air Pollution and Climate Change Group.


The studentship is expected to start in September 2014. Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be addressed to Dr Clare Heaviside (, or Dr Ruth Doherty ( To make an application, please send a covering letter stating your interest in this PhD. Please also include a CV, an academic transcript, and the names and email addresses of two academic referees to

Closing Date: 16th May 2014, interviews will be held soon after.

Funding Notes:

Open to UK and EU citizens ordinarily resident in the EU.


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