PhD in Physics scholarship at NSSTC

Job type Full time
Full time
Location United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Job Description
The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) invites applications from enthusiastic, ambitious, and hard-working Emirati nationals for a graduate scholarship leading to a PhD in Physics, to start in Spring or Fall 2022. Supervision of the PhD thesis will be done jointly between NSSTC and the Department of Physics. Applications for entry in Spring 2022 must be submitted as soon as possible. For entry in Fall 2022, applications must be submitted by 30 November 2021. The PhD project is linked to the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), which arrived at Mars in early 2021. The area of study will be 'Assimilation of EMM-Hope and Mars lander observations into high-resolution mesoscale and local models'. This project would suit a theoretical/computational person with an interest in exploring Mars' atmosphere using state-of-the-art numerical methods and the most recent observations. There are very few UAE nationals qualified to PhD level in planetary science, and with the imminent arrival of EMM at Mars, NSSTC is very keen to recruit Emirati nationals as PhD students in this area. In this project, we will investigate Mars' lower atmosphere and boundary layer by assimilating data from EMM's thermal infrared instrument EMIRS and from other landers and rovers into high-resolution local simulations created using the LMD Mars Mesoscale/Microscale Model. Assimilating data into such models will allow us to investigate many poorly-understood atmospheric phenomena. Of particular interest is the region to the south and west of Elysium Mons, where the landing sites for Curiosity, Insight, and Perseverance are located. The student will join the EMM science team and work alongside Emirati and international scientists to achieve the project goals. Please visit to find a full description of the scientific aspects of this project. This job advertisement is to select a student for the NSSTC scholarship. The accepted candidate will be supported by NSSTC for four years with a stipend of about 11,000 AED/month. For formal admission to the PhD program, the selected applicant will then need to apply for the PhD program through UAEU's College of Graduate Studies. Separate scholarships are also available to cover tuition fees - please see for details. Information about the PhD in Physics can be found at There is a significant coursework component to this program. Excellent applicants who do not have the background in physics to take these core courses are still welcome to apply, and we can discuss alternative PhD programs with you. For further information, please contact Dr Roland Young at [HIDDEN TEXT] or +971 3 713 6143. Instructions to Applicant: Please submit the following via Jobs@UAEU (please don't email): Motivation letter (max 2 pages). CV (max 2 pages). Certified University diplomas and transcripts. IELTS exam certificate. Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your academic work. Copy of Passport and Khulasat Al-Qaid.
Minimum Qualification
Emirati nationality. Bachelor's and Master's degree in a relevant subject: Physics, Mathematics, Astrophysics, Space Science, Atmospheric Science, Planetary Science, Meteorology, Computer Science, or similar. Bachelor GPA 2.50, Master GPA 3.00 (or equivalent). IELTS Academic 6.5, assessed in the last two years (see link for exceptions). Full PhD admission requirements can be found at
Preferred Qualification
Master's degree in Physics. Bachelor GPA 3.50+, Master GPA 3.75+, IELTS Academic 7.5+.
Education PhD
Experience 0.00-50.00 Years
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