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[Met-jobs] 2 PhD studentships for EU/UK students

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Date Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:34:07 +0000

2 PhD studentships for EU/UK students at University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading UK university committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching; ranked in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings. The University of Leicester has a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science. Every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester-built instrument operating in space. We hold, and have held, vital roles in many space missions for space agencies including NASA, European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, ISRO (India) and JAXA (Japan), covering astronomical, planetary and Earth observation science missions.

The Earth Observation Science (EOS) group of the University of Leicester is an international hub for EO research and innovation and is hosting the headquarter the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).


Project1: Constraining CO2 emission of cities with sensor networks

This project will exploit recent development in sensor technology which now allows to develop novel sensor networks using flexible and ‘low-cost’ CO2 sensors that can be deployed in urban environments to provide frequent measurements across a city in real-time. Such detailed data will allow us to gain new scientific insights into human-generated emissions from cities and CO2 uptake by the biosphere, which is important for ‘green’ cities such as London. This studentship will combine novel technology for low-cost sensors that will facilitate unique urban sensor networks and high profile science with high public interest, relevance to policy makers and a clear potential for commercial applications. 

Application deadline: 21st November 2019

Start date: 28th September 2020

More details:


Project 2: Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Extensive Agriculture in the Indio-Gangetic Plain

In this project, a novel set of trace gas observations of the primary GHGs methane, carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) (and carbon monoxide CO) will be acquired to quantify and characterise GHG fluxes. The focus will be on a new agricultural field site in the north Indian city of Chandigarh (capital of Punjab located close to foothills of Himalaya) characterised by intensive rice and wheat production and crop residue burning practises. We have already established a surface temperature radiometer at this site that complements on-going air quality measurements. The GHG observations will be used to critically evaluate process models and statistical approaches for emissions which will then be used to upscale to regional scale and assessed against methane satellite data from GOSAT and Sentinel-5P. This work will build on the strong links of the group with research organisations, local policy-makers and agricultural non-government organizations in India. 

Application deadline: 8th November 2019 (12:00 noon UK time)

Start date: January 2020

More details:

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a 3.5 year UK/EU tuition fee waiver 
An annual tax free stipend for the student (£15,009 for 2019/20) 
Research Training Support Grant of £8,000 




Professor Hartmut Boesch  

Head of Earth Observation Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Leicester

Leicester, UK 



T: +44 (0)116 252 2273


Twitter: @HartmutBoesch

Divisional Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)


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