The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (University of Leeds, UK) invites (1) applicantions for the following PhD positions, and (2) enquiries for potential self-funded Masters of Research projects.

Framework of the projects

The projects are part of a larger programme that includes ~25 current PhD students, 5-8 Masters students, collaborators within the Department and School in Leeds and a large number of national and international partners. Our research spans the whole spectrum from Core to Crust, focusing on the physical and chemical processes crucial in understanding the Evolution and Dynamics of Earth including e.g. fluid-rock interaction, the link between metamorphism and deformation, volcanic hazard, brittle and ductile deformation at all scales. Tools include geophysics, numerical modelling, experiments, field analysis and in-depth sample analysis. The students will have the unique opportunity to gain expertise in a wide range of field, experimental, analytical and numerical techniques.

Competitive funded PhD projects are available in two different Doctoral Training Programs - for details see below.

Competitive EPSRC-DTP funded PhD projects available

Three geology facing PhD project (title below) are available for competitive funding provided by EPSRC-DTP. Funding is available for UK residents only and includes the tuition fee, a living stipend, and a generous allocation towards research fees for the duration of the 3.5 year PhD study. For application procedure please go
Deadline: 31st Jan. 2019

The dynamics of jets in rapidly rotating fluids by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation
Dr Phil Livermore, Professor Rainer Hollerbach, and Professor Chris Finlay

Machine learning to detect earthquakes in energy extraction
Dr Andy Nowacki and Professor David Hogg

Deformation of multiphase materials: Experiments and numerical modelling
Prof. Sandra Piazolo (School of Earth and Environment), Prof. Rik Drummond-Brydson (School of Chemical and Process Engineering) Dr. Quinta da Fonseca (Manchester), Dr. Einsle (Cambridge/Imperial), Dr. Lebensohn (Los Alamos, USA)

Competitive NERC-DTP funded PhD projects available (see also PhD positions as part of the Panorama NERC DTP):

The PhD projects (titles below) are part of the Panorama NERC DTP involving Earth and Environmental Science Schools at the Universities of Leeds, York and Hull. The DTP scholarships, allocated through an open competition, include the tuition fee, a living stipend, and a generous allocation towards research fees for the duration of the 3.5 year PhD study. These are available to UK/EU students. For details of the projects and application procedure for NERC DTP projects please refer to

While we are unable to offer studentships to non-EU international candidates, international candidates with sufficient independent funding are encouraged to contact the main supervisor of any project of interest. For international students there are also several, highly competitive international scholarships available across the university

Deadline: 7 January 2019. See

Finding your flow: using sedimentology, geochemistry and micropalaeontology to understand South Atlantic Ocean circulation
Dr Tracy Aze, Prof Mike Rogerson , Dr Jason Harvey

Martian volcanic systems: using surface strain indicators to investigate magmatically driven stress in the Tharis region, Mars
Dr Emma Bramham, Dr Mark Thomas , Dr Paul Byrne, Prof Sandra Piazolo , Prof Douglas Paton

Making wealth: Using detailed field analysis, novel experiments and high end microscopy to elucidate how gold is made?
Dr Rob Chapman, Dr Thomas Mueller , Dr David Banks , Prof. Sandra Piazolo, Dr Taija Torvela, Dr Dan Morgan

Seismicity and Structure of Subducting Slabs
Dr Tim Craig , Dr Sebastian Rost

Iron Snow in Planetary Cores
Dr Chris Davies, Dr Andrew Walker

Geodetic evidence for lateral magmatic connections at Chilean volcanoes
Dr Susanna Ebmeier, Dr David Ferguson , Prof Andy Hooper

Measuring earthquakes across the global continents from space and seismological observations
Dr John Elliott, Dr Tim Craig , Prof. Andy Hooper , Prof. Tim Wright

The dynamics of magma storage and ascent beneath an active arc volcano (Villarrica, Chile)
Dr David Ferguson, Dr Dan Morgan , Dr Susanna Ebmeier

The inner workings of the earthquake cycle: New insight from integrating geophysical observations and microstructures
Dr Laura Gregory, Prof Sandra Piazolo , Dr Jessica Hawthorne , Prof Ken McCaffrey

Melt inclusions as a record of mantle heterogeneity and melt-crust interaction
Dr Jason Harvey, Dr David Fergusson , Dr Dan Morgan , Dr John Maclennan

Ocean circulation in a warm world
Dr Daniel Hill, Dr Tracy Aze , Dr Jason Harvey and Prof Alan Haywood

Using deep learning to better image earthquakes
Prof. Andy Hooper, Prof. David Hogg

Predicting the next global geomagnetic reversal using machine learning
Dr Phil Livermore, Chris Davies ; William Brown ; Ciaran Beggan ; Chris Finlay

How does magma move through sill-complexes?
Dr Craig Magee, Dr William McCarthy , Prof Douglas Paton

Rotten Rocks at the Heart of Black Smoker Systems
Dr Andrew McCaig, Dr Thomas Mueller, Prof. Susan Lang

Life and death of chemical reaction fronts ? a field, experimental and numerical study
Dr Thomas Mueller (SEE), Prof Sandra Piazolo

Magmatic mass transfer through deep crust: Field relationships, chemistry and rheology
Prof. Sandra Piazolo, Dr. Thomas Mueller , Assoc. Prof. Nathan Daczko

Stratified or not-stratified or somewhere in between: Multi-disciplinary study of partially stratified layers in Earth's outer core
Dr Sebastian Rost, Dr Jonathan Mount , Dr Andy Nowacki

Petrological & geochemical insights into subduction initiation- the case of Izu-Bonin-Mariana volcanic arc
Dr Ivan Savov, Dr. David Ferguson

The Rise and Fall of the Lower Mantle: Modelling Thermal Conductivity in Earth's Interior
Dr Stephen Stackhouse, Dr Andrew Walker, Dr Jon Mound

Field-based investigation of structural and geochemical variability of gold-bearing veins in the Klondike Gold District, Yukon, Canada
Dr Taija Torvela, Dr Rob Chapman , Dr David Banks

How hot is the bottom of Earth's mantle?
Dr Andrew Walker, Dr Chris Davies , Dr Andy Nowacki

How and why is deformation localised in continental crust?
Profs. Tim Wright, Sandra Piazolo , Greg Houseman

Masters by Research (MRes) students:

At the University of Leeds, there is a 1 year Masters of Research Scheme, for students that have completed their Bachelor Degree and want to gain a Masters of Research. This degree is a pure research degree with the outcome of a thesis at the end of the year. Currently no specific scholarships are available for this degree. Funding for tuition fees, research expenses and living costs needs to be secured by the student externally. Young scientists with such funding and interest in the research topics of the Department such as outlined by the PhD projects above are encouraged to contact the potential supervisors to discuss possibilities for projects.

For information on courses and how to apply please visit

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