PhD opportunities NOC Liverpool

PhD projects for the academic year 2015/2016

NOC-Liverpool is seeking to recruit one further PhD student with a fully-funded studentship commencing in October 2015.

Applicants should possess, or expect to graduate with, a first class or upper 2nd class degree in a numerate science, such as oceanography, physics, mathematics or meteorology, and have an enthusiasm to engage in numerical ecosystem modelling. Previous knowledge of ocean sciences is not essential. Some experience of computer programming is desirable.  This is a highly interdisciplinary study and experience in one or more of the following areas would also be an advantage: marine biogeochemistry, marine biology, numerical ecosystem modelling, physical oceanography, processing of large datasets, Matlab programming.   The successful candidate should be self-motivated, willing to learn new skills and able to communicate effectively with an international team of scientists. 

Enquiries/application to Dr Heather Cannaby ( 

To apply submit a CV and covering letter.  The closing date for applications is May 15th 2015.  Final selection will be via interview.

NOC Liverpool PhD student profiles

Listed below are profiles from two of the students currently undertaking their PhDs here at NOC (in total we have more than 10 PhD students). The profiles should give you an idea of the type and standard of our PhDs, and a bit about what it is like working at NOC and living in Liverpool:

Clare Bellingham - Sea level trends and their distribution

I am in my third year of a PhD at NOC Liverpool studying decadal variability in ocean heat content and sea level rise. Using tide gauge data from the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level based here at Liverpool, as well as five global reconstructions of hydrographical data and incorporating altimetry data from Aviso we are working to better understand sea level trends and their distribution. Studying at NOC Liverpool has the advantage of working beside many experts within the oceanographic community, both at NOC and at the University of Liverpool. Broader opportunities are available and encouraged both on national and international levels.

Liverpool is a vibrant city which provides a pleasant environment to live and work. It has great transport links and is within easy reach of some beautiful coastline and countryside.

PhD student Clare Bellingham
Jack Phelps - Modelling larval migration in continental shelf seas

My research involves using mathematical models of the Irish Sea to investigate dispersal of larvae, and recommend sites for marine protected areas. NOC is a fantastic place to study, has the advantage of being on the University of Liverpool campus, and any student has full access to the university resources.

Liverpool is a vibrant city with low living costs, great pubs and excellent sports facilities.

PhD student Jack Phelps



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