Simulating the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets


Contact Professor Daniel Marsh or Dr. Catherine Walsh to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The current generation of exoplanet discovery missions has revealed the diversity of exoplanetary systems that include rocky worlds within the habitable zone of the host star. Future missions will be probing the atmospheres of these planets with unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution. This project will use state-of-the-art coupled chemistry global circulation models, based upon the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), to simulate the composition and dynamical structure of rocky exoplanets.

The successful candidate will receive training in planetary atmospheric physics and chemistry, computer programming, the use highly parallelised numerical codes running on high performance computing (HPC) systems and tools for analysis and visualisation of large datasets. Prof. Marsh also works at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and the successful candidate would have the opportunity to visit and work with research staff at NCAR.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in physics, astrophysics/astronomy, physical chemistry, computational or atmospheric physics, geophysics, or applied mathematics.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Simulating the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets' as well as Professor Daniel Marsh as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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