Monday, 2 December 2013

PhDs in Planetary Science at Oxford (2014)

With apologies for using this blog as a way of advertising, but there are plenty of opportunities here at the University of Oxford for planetary science studies.  The University of Oxford has several Planetary Physics DPhil positions (i.e., PhDs) available in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) department from October 2014, some working on projects with me (see below).

The available projects cover a broad range of planetary atmospheric science: studies of brown dwarfs spectroscopy; Rosetta investigations of cometary atmospheres; ground-based observations and Spitzer studies of planetary processes at work on ice giants Uranus and Neptune; Cassini studies of Saturn's seasons; ground-based observations of Jupiter's weather; and experimental studies of planetary heat transport.  Please visit the following website for specifics of each project:

Specific Planetary Science Projects:
  • Modelling the spectra of Brown Dwarfs
  • Rosetta-VIRTIS cometary studies
  • Infrared remote sensing of the Ice Giants: atmospheric temperature, composition and clouds
  • Seasons of Saturn: evolution of Saturn’s temperature, clouds, chemistry and dynamics from Cassini
  • The weather of Jupiter: observation of dynamical tracers from ground-based spectroscopy
  • Testing parameterisations of large-scale planetary heat transport in the laboratory
What You Need to Know:

Deadlines:  Candidates should apply by 24 January 2014 in order to be considered for Departmental Studentships and any funding the University administers. Candidates able to secure external scholarships should apply by 14 March 2014.  Both research council and scholarship funding is available, please see our admissions website for further details.

We would be very grateful if you could distribute this information to potentially-interested students.  If you have any queries or require further information that is not available on these pages please email:

For some great student insights into what it's like to study here in AOPP, watch the following video on Youtube:

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