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[Met-jobs] Three PhD positions at the British Antarctic Survey (Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Team), Cambridge, UK

From "Orr, Andrew M.W." <>
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Date Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:14:58 +0000

Please see below three PhD projects based at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge / UK.

Application deadlines are in early January for a start date in October 2019.

Thank you,

Andrew Orr

1. Future Antarctic ice sheet climate and mass balance


Supervisors: Andrew Orr (BAS), Tony Payne (U. Bristol), and Richard Essery (U. Edinburgh)


Successful applicants will use regional modelling of the atmosphere to deliver projections of the future climate of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, including associated changes in surface mass balance and meltwater availability. The climate projections will be used to force an ice-sheet model to explore the effects of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution. Further details of the project are available here: <>


Application deadline: 7 Jan 2019



2. Future stratospheric ozone changes and associated climate impacts


Supervisors: Andrew Orr (BAS), Luke Abraham (U. Cambridge), and Tracey Moffat-Griffin (BAS)


Successful applicants will produce realistic projections of the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, and associated changes to the Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation and climate, by including the effects of mountain waves on Polar Stratospheric Cloud formation in a chemistry-climate model. The impacts on the Arctic climate will also be examined. The project will involve considerable interaction with Cambridge University, as well as international collaboration with scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Julich Research Centre, Germany. Further details of the project and application procedure are available here: <>


Application deadline: 4 Jan 2019



3. SOCRATES: Understanding processes that control Southern Ocean cloud


Supervisors: Andrew Orr (BAS), Ian Renfrew (U. East Anglia), Tom Lachlan-Cope (BAS), and Greg McFarquhar (U. Oklahoma)


Successful applicants will work on analysing observations from SOCRATES to improve our understanding of the processes that influence clouds over the Southern Ocean, as well as the relationships between cloud microphysics and the surface radiation budget. The observations are from a variety of instruments on-board aircraft, ships and satellites. The observations will be used to explore the deficiencies in the representation of cloud processes in the state-of-the-art UK Met Office climate model, as well as develop appropriate methods to overcome these deficiencies. Further details of the project are available here: <>


Application deadline: 8 Jan 2019



Note that the studentships do have eligibility requirements, including residency and minimum qualifications. A useful summary of these is provided here: <>


 For further inquiries please email



Dr Andrew Orr

Climate Modeller

British Antarctic Survey

Natural Environment Research Council

High Cross, Madingley Road

Cambridge, CB3 0ET



Tel: +44 (0)1223 221256





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