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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentships in Applied Optics & Atmospheric Physics

From "Chemel, Charles" <>
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Date Tue, 24 May 2016 08:32:58 +0000

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the University of 
Hertfordshire offers up to three PhD studentships in areas of applied optics 
and atmospheric physics. The School is home to over 50 academic staff and 40 
research students and hosts two major research centres: the Centre for 
Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR; and the 
Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR). The studentships would be based in CAIR 
and would be funded for a period of three years, covering tuition fees and 
providing an annual stipend of £14,296 for UK or EU candidates. Non-EU 
applicants will have to contribute £6,250 p.a. towards their tuition fees. 
Research groups within CAIR offering studentships are as follows:

The Particle Instruments and Diagnostics group specializes in the development 
of novel instruments for measuring, classifying or identifying airborne 
particles. These range from aircraft-borne instruments for atmospheric cloud 
particle analysis through to miniature air quality monitors for pollution 
monitoring and dedicated detectors for airborne hazards (such as asbestos 
fibres or respirable crystalline silica). The PhD student would follow a 
research programme focusing on the development of a single instrument/sensor or 
indeed contribute to several instrument developments. The research programme 
could involve aspects of instrument design (optical, electronic or mechanical), 
control software development, field deployment and monitoring, and experimental 
data analysis.

The Light Scattering and Radiative Properties group specializes in the 
interaction between atmospheric particles, such as cirrus ice crystals, and 
solar radiation, and the significant impact these particles play in global 
climate. Possible research projects could involve one or more of the following 
areas: laboratory measurement of scattering properties of microparticles using 
levitation techniques, quantifying the impact of cirrus ice particle shape on 
climate, studying remote sensing methods for cloud characterization.

The Atmospheric Dynamics and Air Quality group specializes in meteorological 
processes and their interaction with atmospheric composition including air 
quality and the resulting impacts over local to global scales. The PhD student 
would follow a research programme aiming at furthering process-level 
understanding of dynamical controls on environmental hazards (e.g. air 
pollution and fog/haze/smog) with a view to improve their representation in 
numerical weather prediction models.

Students with background in physics, electronics or a related discipline and a 
good first degree (equivalent to at least UK 2:1 honours), are invited to 
apply. The closing date for applications is Friday June 3rd 2016. To apply and 
obtain further information on studentships, please contact Mrs Lorraine 
Nicholls ( or Emma Thorogood (

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