UCL Astrophysics Group


PhD Projects

The Astrophysics Group at UCL is advertising a fully-funded PhD studentship on the topic of Planet Formation, to begin in January 2023

We seek a motivated candidate to carry out PhD research on the chemical fingerprints of planet formation processes on planetary composition. This is a fully-funded position to start in mid-January 2023, in the group of Dr Mihkel Kama. The project will have two components: one on physical-chemical planet formation models, and another on observations of protoplanetary disks, in particular from ALMA or JWST. The balance of these components will be determined in discussion with the applicant. Your aim will be to study chemical tracers of planet formation history, which are increasingly relevant with new exoplanet atmosphere characterisation capabilities from JWST and the upcoming UCL-led Ariel mission. Some background in coding (Python) will be advantageous.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Mihkel Kama (m.kama@ucl.ac.uk). The deadline for applications is 30th September 2022. The application process is open to candidates who qualify for UK home status and is described at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/astrophysics/postgraduate-study/how-apply (note that the deadlines given on the description webpage are not relevant to this project, September 30th is the application deadline).

The PhD application should be submitted online via UCL's Portico system, using this link: Submission link, PhD (Astro, Physics and Astronomy Dept)

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.


PhD projects for entry in Autumn 2022 are summarised at the links below for the various research areas, with contact details for staff members involved. While we encourage candidates for PhD studies to indicate in their applications those areas of research that are of particular interest to them (as well as indicating potential supervisors, where appropriate), the specific projects outlined should be regarded as indicative rather than exclusive or rigid. 

In practice, students, supervisors, and projects are matched on an iterative process (based primarily on students' interests); and it is in the nature of research that projects may evolve and develop into new directions.

Research topics on offer loosely fall into six broad categories:

More details of the current research being carried out by the UCL Astrophysics Group can be found from our research page.

Those interested in the application of Big Data, Machine Learning and other methodologies to Astrophysics research problems should also look at the DIS CDT studentships at https://www.hep.ucl.ac.uk/cdt-dis/