Wolfson Atmospheric
Chemistry Laboratories

Innovation Way
University of York
York, YO10 5DD

General Enquiries

Jenny Hudson-Bell
01904 322609

Interested in a career in Atmospheric Science?

See what our current students say about working in WACL.

William Dixon

“The atmosphere in WACL is very open. Everyone is friendly and approachable, which is a great opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics; this along with the vast knowledge base of the experienced staff makes progress in your project a breeze.

The equipment within the laboratories is state-of-the-art and allows for cutting- edge research to be performed at a high level. If research requires equipment which doesn’t currently exist; out-of-the-box solutions are found; which suits creative minds.

WACL is the perfect place for a motivated, creative person looking to be on the fore-front of research and further their own skills.”

Katie Smith

“I decided to study Atmospheric Chemistry because the research done here has a huge impact on public health. Improving the quality of the environment and atmosphere around us is rapidly becoming a priority for developed nations and I am proud to be contributing to this field.

I am designing a sensor for monitoring emissions to the atmosphere, and working in the laboratory is a fun part of my day-to-day life.

Working at WACL is great as my colleagues are all really friendly and enthusiastic about what they do.”

Adam Vaughan

“I’ve been based in WACL for the last two years doing my PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and have enjoyed every last minute.

Housing world leading researchers and state of the art equipment, WACL is fantastically placed to offer future researchers the chance to gain vital skills and develop, in a totally inclusive and supportive environment.”

Michelle Wang

“Working in WACL has been a very enriching experience for me. I am thankful to be surrounded by experts in the field who are always so approachable and ready to provide help and guidance.

It is a conducive and congenial place to work in and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself here.”

WACL offers PhDs and MScs by research, supported by enhanced training packages, that can be taken full or part time.

PhDs are funded through the NERC Spheres Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), Dept of Chemistry at the University of York and other independent funding sources. The deadline by which all applications for the below-listed PhD programmes must be received is 2017-01-07.

All current vacancies are listed below:

No current projects
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Additional Information:


If any of the projects are of interest then please contact us via the project supervisor or our general address: wacl@york.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

The University requirement for PhD or MPhil programmes is usually a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject, but other relevant experience and circumstances can also be taken into account and we are happy to consider applications from those who have taken alternative routes but have the required knowledge and experience.

However, please note that funded positions are extremely competitive and only those with a 2:1 equivalent or higher are likely to be considered for financial support. The University requirement for MSc by research is a 2:2 or equivalent in a relevant subject.

For those whose first language is not English, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements of both the University and the UKBA.