Studentships 2014

*New PhD opportunity*

The Museum is offering a joint studentship with the University of Southampton, to commence in November 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates (first degree results at least 2:1) and the studentship is only open to those who qualify for ‘Home’ tuition fees (UK/EU residence).

Deadline for applications: 19 September 2014. See below for project details and application instructions. 

Current opportunities

Joint PhD studentship with the University of Southampton

The Natural History Museum, in collaboration with the University of Southampton, seeks applications for a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship on one of the projects below.

For further information on the projects follow the links and/or contact the lead supervisor.

  • A new look at extreme parasitism
    Supervisors: Prof Geoff Boxshall (NHM) and Dr Lawrence Hawkins (Southampton)

Further details (PDF 83.6 KB)

Contact Prof Geoff Boxshall

  • The magnitude and impacts of historic ocean acidification revealed by boron isotope analysis of rhodolith-forming coralline algae
    Supervisors: Prof Juliet Brodie (NHM) and Dr Gavin Foster (Southampton)

Further details (PDF 95.5 KB)


Contact Prof Juliet Brodie

  • Role of functional composition in regime shifts
    Supervisors: Mr Steve Brooks (NHM), Dr Angela Self (NHM), Dr C. Patrick Doncaster (Southampton), Prof. Pete Langdon (Southampton) and Dr James Dyke (Southampton)

Further details (PDF 234.5 KB)

Contact Mr Steve Brooks

  • Using transcriptomics to understand adaptation and speciation in an island radiation
    Supervisors: Dr Mark Carine (NHM) and Dr Mark Chapman (Southampton)

Further details (PDF 29.2 KB)

Contact Dr Mark Carine

  • Evolution and genomics of a Hawaiian plant gall radiation
    Supervisors: Dr Diana Percy (NHM), Dr Mark Chapman (Southampton) and Prof. Quentin C. Cronk (University of British Columbia

Further details (PDF 72.7 KB)

Contact Dr Diana Percy


Please send the following documents to Dr Eileen J. Cox ( by 19 September 2014.

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Covering letter outlining your interest in the particular PhD project, relevant skills training, experience and qualifications for research, and a statement of how this PhD project fits your career development plans.
  • Transcripts of undergraduate and Masters’ degree results.
  • Names and email addresses of two academic references including (if applicable) Masters’ project supervisor.

Interview date: Mid October at the Natural History Museum.

Start date: 1 November 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Previous projects

Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP)  
  • 19 joint projects available
  • partner universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter

Deadline for applications: Friday 10 January 2014.
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London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (London NERC DTP)
  • joint projects available
  • partner universities: Birkbeck, Brunel, Kings College London, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway and University College London

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 17 Feb 2014.

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Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP)  
  • six joint projects available with Imperial College London

Deadline for applications: Monday 20 January 2014.
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Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment (SPITFIRE)
  • joint projects available with the University of Southampton

Details to follow soon. 

Mineral isotope study of the major explosive eruptions of the last 14ka at Popocatepetl Volcano (Mexico): insights into the plumbing system
  • a joint project with Imperial College London

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 January 2014.
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For general enquiries about PhD studentships please contact:

Dr Eileen Cox DSc
Head of Postgraduate Studies
Science Directorate department
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road