We are pleased to announce the availability of three fully funded PhD positions within the NPM group for 2014. The three projects are flexible in their scope, but are expected to focus on the following key aspects of the NPM project: 1) Rock magnetic studies of bulk samples using FORC diagrams, the development of methods for the quantitative analysis and simulation of FORC diagrams, and the application of FORC data to non-heating paleointensity studies; 2) application of transmission electron microscopy and electron holography to the study of magnetic properties at the nanometre scale; 3) application of X-ray imaging methods to study natural paleomagnetic signals at high spatial resolution. For more information download the ERC Studentship Description. For information on how to apply, go to the Earth System Science Doctoral Training Partnership (ESS-DTP) page. A direct link to the three ERC studentships page can be found here. Please contact Richard Harrison if you would like more information or to discuss the projects.