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PhD Opportunity in Physical Geography

Impact of the remote atmosphere on local air pollution, climate, and harmful UV radiation

We are pleased to announce a 3-year PhD studentship commencing in September 2022 in the UCL Air Quality and Atmospheric Composition research group in the Department of Geography at University College London. The PhD will be supervised by Dr Eloise Marais, with co-supervision from Dr David Rowley in the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate will determine the influence of lightning, rockets, aircraft and chemistry in the remote upper troposphere on the air we breathe, on the protective stratospheric ozone layer and on climate. This project will use the world-leading GEOS-Chem model, observations from instruments in space, on NASA aircraft, and at ground-based monitoring networks throughout the world, and cutting-edge data analysis and visualization techniques.

Applicants will be considered that hold a First or Upper Second Class honours degree (or equivalent) in a quantitative sciences degree and/or similar Masters qualification. This project requires a background in Environmental or Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography. Experience with computer coding is desirable, but not essential. If you are interested in applying and/or have additional questions about the project, please contact Dr Eloise Marais (

The 3-year studentship includes a monthly stipend and covers tuition fees at the Home (UK) rate.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February 2022. To apply, follow the instructions on this page. When prompted for a programme, select RRDGEOSING01.

Links to further details about the project, research group and supervisors:

Research project page

Dr Eloise Marais (primary supervisor) profile

Marais research group website

Dr David Rowley (second supervisor) profile

Graduate Research

Fees and funding

What our students have to say...

"I am thoroughly enjoying being a researcher here - geographers do very varied things, and there are many opportunities to meet friendly people across this department. So I learn new things every week, and have a lot of freedom to explore different multi-disciplinary and creative approaches to my own work."
Lubaina Mirza