PhD Studentship in Space Instrumentation (MicroADS Mission), University of Sussex, UK

University of Sussex, UKApplications are invited for a prestigious fully-funded 3 year PhD studentship in Space Instrumentation at the University of Sussex. The successful applicant will join the MicroADS mission team in the Space Research Group. MicroADS is a novel satellite attitude determination system which offers star-tracker levels of performance in a much smaller instrument. It is anticipated that MicroADS will be flown on a LEO demonstrator mission in c.2021.

Type of award
Postgraduate Research

About the PhD Studentship
You will work on developing the MicroADS instrument hardware and on board instrument software, with the exact split between these activities determined by your aptitude and the instrument’s needs. Your work will include development and characterisation of the instrument optics, electronics, and interfaces with spacecraft systems. The PhD requires a strong practical/experimental background in physics and/or spacecraft engineering.

About the Space Research Group
The Space Research Group conducts fundamental and applied work in a variety of areas related to space science, spacecraft engineering, and high performance hardware for terrestrial environments. The group is particularly well known for its world-leading contributions in: X-ray spectrometers for astronomy and planetary science; e spectrometers for space plasma physics; radioisotope microbatteries; compound semiconductor material physics; spacecraft GNC systems; and extreme environment instrumentation. The Space Research Group is entrepreneurial, business-focused, and committed to the highest quality of scientific research.

About the PhD supervisor
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Anna M. Barnett. Prof. Barnett is Professor of Space Research and Director of the Sussex Space Research Group. She is an experimental physicist with internationally recognised expertise in detector physics and instrumentation for space science and extreme terrestrial environments (high temperature, intense radiation). As of April 2018, Prof. Barnett holds research funding totalling >£2M in value. She has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize, and she is the youngest person ever awarded a Personal Chair at University of Sussex (equivalent to a US Full Professor with Tenure).

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University of Reading International Research Studentships, UK

The University is pleased to announce seven PhD studentships available for October 2018 start. These are available for highly qualified applicants for research within science, life sciences, social science and arts and humanities.

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What is available?
One full ‘prize’ studentship offering:

  • a subsistence grant (stipend) to match the 2017/8 UK Research Council rate (the 2016/17 rate is £14,553)
  • tuition fees at the International rate
  • a £1,000 p.a. training and development allowance

Six fees-only studentships, each one offering:

  • tuition fees at the International rate
  • a £1,000 p.a. training and development allowance

All awards are for up to three years in duration.

Research themes
The full ‘prize’ studentship is available for research in the areas listed above.*

The six fee-only studentships can only be awarded to those applicants whose proposed research falls within one of the following themes:

  • Environment
  • Food
  • Health
  • Prosperity & Resilience
  • Heritage & Creativity

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School of Social Sciences PhD Studentships, University of Manchester, UK

University of Manchester UKType of award

Managing department
School of Social Sciences


  • Home Fees
  • £14,296 annual stipend (to be confirmed)
  • Students can claim for certain research expenses from the Research Training Support Grant.

Specified use
+3 PhD

Tenable period
3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Continuation of award
Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available
Available in the following areas;

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Social Statistics

Funding provider
This award is internal.

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Fully Funded PhD Studentship, Bournemouth University, UK

PhD Studentship – Development and validation of a novel smartphone application for the assessment of acute and chronic stress, allowing the investigation of eating behaviours in association with stress during everyday life.

Bournemouth University UK

This project aims firstly to develop and validate a novel smartphone application for the assessment of both acute and chronic stress during everyday life. Secondly, the project will utilise this application to investigate associations between stress and eating behaviour. The work will be undertaken over a three year period in a series of studies, based on: reviewing existing measures of stress; development and validation of a smartphone application; and the investigation of eating behaviours in relation to acute and chronic stress.

The work will result in a novel and validated smartphone application for the measurement of stress during everyday life, of potential use and benefit for a range of academic researchers. The validation will also result in increased understanding of the relationships between subjective, implicit and objective measures of stress. Secondly, the work will extend current understanding of the links between stress and eating behaviour, with the aim of increasing understanding, developing future interventions, and improving population health. The work will be of interest to all those with an interest in improved health, both from a stress perspective and from a healthy eating perspective. To improve the societal impact of the project, the work will be undertaken following recruitment of individuals from workplace settings, and may be extended to include individuals with diagnosed stress-related and anxiety disorders (dependent on contacts). A wide variety of health and human resource professionals and professional bodies, and the population as a whole will benefit from increased understanding of stress, the relations between stress and eating behaviour and diet, and the evidence for possible future interventions. The findings of the project could result in an extension of the application for personal use, and for the development of interventions.

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Doctoral Studentships in Machine Learning, City, University of London, UK

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London is offering a full-time, industry-funded, three-year doctoral studentship for 2017/18 entry. Applications are invited from exceptional UK, EU and international graduates wishing to pursue cutting-edge research in Machine Learning and its application to anti-money laundering.

City University London UK

The PhD offers the opportunity to research and work in the highly relevant area of applying machine learning and deep learning to solving real world regtech problems, working with both real-time and big data. Kindred Group plc are a global leader in regulated internet gambling and considered one of the most respected and progressive corporations in the world in consumer protection in gaming. BetBuddy is a global leader in the application of AI to protect consumers at risk of problem gambling. BetBuddy and City’s Research Centre for Machine Learning have a history of strong collaboration which has produced significant AI research output of fundamental relevance to this PhD research.

The School is investing in academic excellence following its success in the recent REF 2014 which highlighted the world class quality of its research.

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PhD Studentship in Engineering / Computer Science, University of Exeter, UK

University of ExeterFunded PhD studentship in Engineering / Computer Science: Gamification of Optimisation of Water Distribution Systems

  • Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter & University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall
  • Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dragan Savic
  • Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Ed Keedwell

Applications are invited for the above PhD studentship in Engineering/Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. This interdisciplinary studentship is part of a larger project with the Centre for Water Systems ( to develop an interactive evolutionary algorithm system for the optimisation of water systems. Working with the project team and several industrial partners, the studentship will involve the integration of water modelling and interactive evolution systems into a serious game application, allowing players to develop solutions to real-world water systems problems in an engaging, massively multiplayer environment. Through the development of the game we hope to harness the power of crowd-sourcing to solve difficult engineering problems, an approach that is well established in other areas such as bioinformatics (e.g. see ‘Foldit’ and ‘Phylo’). An additional research area will be to investigate the potential for Artificial Intelligence techniques known as evolutionary algorithms to work with human and crowd-sourced knowledge to deliver highly optimal solutions to difficult problems in the water industry.

Academic Entry Requirements:
This studentship is part of a larger project involving the investigators named below, a number of industrial organisations, and two postdoctoral researchers. Applicants should therefore be comfortable working as a member of a team and possess a strong background in Engineering or Computer Science. Applicants must have a first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree, MSc or equivalent, and will preferably have some expertise in water system hydraulic modelling, game development, mobile computing and AI methodologies (e.g. evolutionary computing).

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International Postgraduate Research Studentships, University of Liverpool, UK

The Chemistry Department at the University of Liverpool has launched a pilot international postgraduate research studentship programme that will grant full tuition waiver to a small number of highly qualified non-EU nationals with BSc or MSc degrees from top universities worldwide admitted into its PhD programme. The UK Government ranks the Chemistry Department 2nd best overall in the country and 1st in its quality of scientific output (REF2014). The Department hosts several unique research centers, including the new £65M Materials Innovation Factory and Leverhulme Centre in New Materials.

The students admitted onto this programme will:

  1. receive full waiver of tuition and student fees for up to 42 months as long as they make adequate progress.
  2. not be required to demonstrate (teach).

To be eligible, applicants should have:

  1. either a BSc degree or be in the final year of a BSc degree programme in Chemistry (broadly defined) or a related discipline with the overall undergraduate GPA of 80% or better as determined by our admissions office. In exceptional cases, applicants with GPA below 80% will be considered IF they have GRE Quantitative, Analytical and Chemistry scores in 80 percentile or better.
  2. met the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University and UK Visa requirements.
  3. demonstrated aptitude for research in chemistry through, for example, research component of their undergraduate degree.
  4. successfully passed the admissions interview conducted by the staff of the department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool.
  5. sufficient funds to cover their maintenance (living) expenses at Liverpool (students admitted through this programme may have an opportunity to earn extra money by demonstrating (teaching) and/or through small payments from their research supervisor, but such an arrangement cannot be guaranteed and will be decided on a case-by-case basis after the student is admitted. Consequently, the students should be able to prove access to funds up to £9,135 per year in order to obtain the UK student visa).

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Postgraduate Research Studentships, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

These postgraduate studentships are applicable to new entrants as well as continuing students on the Ph.D. Register

What are the requirements for this Award?
Postgraduate studentships are available to new entrants as well as continuing students on the full-time Ph.D. register for entry in September and/or the following March of the same academic year (e.g. September 2017 and/or March 2018). The postgraduate Studentships aim to support and develop gifted research students. They are awarded competitively on academic merit.

How much would I receive?
The postgraduate studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fee and an annual maintenance of €6,500 for three years.

How would this be paid?
Fees will be covered and maintenance is payable monthly via Trinity College payroll directly to your bank account.

Will I have any teaching obligations?
The holder of a postgraduate studentship is required to engage in teaching-related activities, as advised by the appropriate Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

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PhD Studentships, University of East Anglia, UK

There are three schemes under which you can apply for scholarship in the academic year 2017/8 (see below). All three have identical academic requirements – a strong research proposal and strong performance on a relevant Masters degree. The main difference between the schemes is in the deadlines for application, but competition will be fierce and you are advised to apply as early as possible.

The Studentships will be available to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of Economics. The School of Economics is a lively, research-oriented department, committed to excellence in high quality research and teaching. The School has a strong international reputation in Behavioural Economics and in Industrial and Competition Economics, and boasts rapidly expanding research clusters in Economic Theory, Applied Econometrics and Finance, and the Economics of Conflict. Please click to access details of our Economics Research Areas.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (2014) rank the School of Economics 8th among Economics departments for research outputs (Times Higher Education). 91.8% of the School’s research output is scored as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, compared with an average score of 77% across all other Economics departments.

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PhD Research Scholarship, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Heriot-Watt University, UKMarine photosynthesis supports almost all ocean life and is a vital component of the global carbon cycle. Uptake of carbon for photosynthesis is also an effective method of ‘locking up’ atmospheric carbon over long timescales, and may form a vital part of our long-term strategy towards reducing atmospheric CO2 levels and mitigating climate change. Our current understanding of marine photosynthesis is mostly focused on shallow-water systems such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs or surface plankton blooms, but some marine photosynthesisers are able to survive in the deeper waters known as the mesophotic zone.

The world’s deepest living marine photosynthesisers are the globally distributed red coralline algae. Incredibly, these algae have been found at depths of over 300 m, but the mechanisms behind their ability to photosynthesise at such low light levels is currently unknown. This project will seek to understand these mechanisms in the context of defining the role of coralline algae in the marine carbon cycle. The student will utilise a multi-disciplinary approach that will combine field and laboratory experimentation, developing skills in organic carbon biogeochemistry, carbonate chemistry, ultra-fast fluorescence and scanning electron microscropy.

The student will be based at the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, which opened in March 2016. This £21 million collaborative venture provides world-class facilities for marine and geoscience research, including a state-of-the-art research aquarium and biogeochemistry laboratory. Fieldwork opportunities in Honduras, Brazil or Greece will be possible, providing field validation to laboratory-based work. Wider engagement with non-academic partners in the UK and internationally will set the project within the wider policy context.

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