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  Fully-funded PhD studentships for Higher Education Research

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Eligibility. UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements. Funding details. Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU). Duration. Full-Time – between three and three and a half years.
  Get your graduate degree at a top 100 university

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The Graduate School of Science and Technology at Aarhus University is looking for a number of bright, enthusiastic and ambitious candidates who are interested in pursuing a PhD education.
  Producing chemicals and materials sustainably: Understanding the economic implications and firms decision making
  Prof E Phimister, Dr J Cai
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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There are a range of potential novel processes and techniques which would allow the sustainable production of chemicals and materials from organic waste particularly involving anaerobic digestion.
  Self-Supervised Learning and Variational Inference for adaptation in Deep Learning
  Dr G Leontidis
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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We are looking for a highly motivated prospective PhD student to undergo a 3-year fully funded PhD project on Machine/Deep Learning foundations/theory and applications within the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen (UoA).
  Novel Approaches to Engaging Land Managers in Monitoring the Impact of Agri-Environment-Climate Schemes
  Dr K Prager, Prof S Redpath
Applications accepted all year round

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Agri-environment-climate schemes (AECS) are a voluntary policy mechanism to incentivise and compensate farmers for undertaking environmental measures as part of their land management.
  SEESALT: Novel ways to ’SEE’ coastal ’SALT’ marshes using low-cost drones and sensors
  Dr D Green, Dr D Mauquoy
Applications accepted all year round

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Saltmarshes are found extensively along low wave energy coastlines resulting from fine sediment accumulation and vegetation establishment.
  Sustaining partnership approaches – evaluating effectiveness, health and longevity of agri-environmental collaboratives
  Dr K Prager, Dr T Potts
Applications accepted all year round

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A multitude of partnerships have developed between actors from the farming, environment, conservation, community, business and government sectors.
  Immunogenetic Status of Salmonid Populations in Scotland
  Prof S Piertney, Dr M Wenzel, Dr D Morris, Dr J Gilbey
Application Deadline: 1 May 2020

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The genetic integrity of wild salmon in Scotland is being challenged by interaction with escaped farmed fish.
  Church and civil courts in late medieval and early modern Scotland
  Dr A Wilson, Dr J Armstrong
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will advance our understanding of the operation of the law, and of legal specialists, in Scotland from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century.
  Cognitive penetration and the rationality of perception
  Dr L Moretti
Applications accepted all year round

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Philosophers have claimed that the content of perceptual experiences is penetrable (i.e. can be influenced) by other mental sates of the subject (e.g.
  Female Sociability and Civic Society: Friendship and Social Control in Calvinist Geneva
  Dr W Naphy, Prof K Friedrich
Applications accepted all year round

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Geneva’s outstanding archival collections allow for the study of the lives and socio-cultural roles of women unrivalled outside of Italy.
  Images in the medical and life sciences
  Dr U Stegmann, Dr L Moretti
Applications accepted all year round

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Pictorial representations and images (e.g. photographs and diagrams) are common in the medical and life sciences. Examples include fMRI images and micrographs.
  Images of a Foreign Land. Scotland, Poland-Lithuania and the Problem of Cultural Transfer
  Prof R Frost, Prof K Friedrich
Application Deadline: 15 May 2020

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One of the most intriguing aspects of the relationship between Poland-Lithuania and Scotland in the early modern period is the way in which the substantial migration of Scots to Poland-Lithuania affected the image of Poland-Lithuania in Scotland, and the image of Scotland in Poland-Lithuania.
  Irish Liberalism in the long nineteenth-century
  Dr C Barr, Prof M Brown
Application Deadline: 15 May 2020

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This project is intended to investigate the ideology, development, decline and practical activities of Irish liberalism in the long nineteenth century.
  Local Business, Global Empire: A study of the interactions of the local and the global British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth century
  Dr A Dilley
Applications accepted all year round

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The interplay of the global and the local have become major themes in global and imperial history, In recent years scholars studying the history of the British empire in particular, have sought to push beyond the study national units to consider how particular localities and regions engaged with and were shaped by their interactions with a global empire.
  Sex Equality in Sports
  Dr F Luzzi
Applications accepted all year round

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It is a widely accepted view that where sex is not relevant, the exclusion of members belonging to a certain sex from participating in areas of social life amounts to unjust discrimination.
  The Aberdeen Enlightenment
  Prof M Brown
Applications accepted all year round

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Founded in 1758 to discuss philosophical subjects, the Aberdeen Philosophical Society (known as the ‘Wise Club’) boasted a membership drawn from the professional elite of Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland that included Thomas Reid, George Campbell, John Gregory, David Skene, Alexander Gerard and James Beattie.
  The Ethos of Crusade in Late Medieval Scotland
  Dr A MacDonald, Dr ML Ehrenschwendtner
Applications accepted all year round

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Crusade is a neglected theme in the historiography of medieval Scotland. Despite being a key aspect of life in Latin Christendom, there has been only one monograph relating to the Scottish dimension of crusading, now 35 years old (Alan Macquarrie, Scotland and the Crusades 1095-1560 (1984)).
  Varieties of Epistemic Injustice
  Dr F Luzzi, Dr L Moretti
Application Deadline: 15 May 2020

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The notion of epistemic injustice — the injustice done to someone in their capacity as a knower — has attracted increasing attention since it was influentially discussed by Miranda Fricker in ‘Epistemic Injustice.
  A comparative study of vocational education: implications for international vocational teacher education
  Ms S Cornelius, Dr S Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Research will explore the opportunities and challenges for a global approach to vocational teacher education. The project will aim to identify barriers to internationalisation and explore the theoretical and practical aspects of a more global approach.
  Exploring “Learning Spaces” in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  Dr R Shanks, Dr V Greenier
Applications accepted all year round

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This study will explore the ways in which the physical learning environment (i.e.
  Student Teachers and their Emotions on School Placement
  Dr R Shanks, Dr D Johnston
Applications accepted all year round

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Taking a closer look at student teachers’ experiences of learning on school placement very often reveals the emotionally charged nature of working in a school environment.
  Advanced design of fibre reinforced composites - using multiscale reliability analysis and optimisation
  Dr P Dunning, Dr S Sriramula
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to advance the design of components made from fibre reinforced composite materials, by combining techniques in multiscale analysis, structural reliability and design optimisation.
  Application of digital holography for underwater measurements
  Dr T Thevar, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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Underwater digital holography is a powerful technique to study marine organisms and marine pollution (e.g. micro-plastics), marine evolution, etc.
  Application of Nanotechnology in Drilling Engineering
  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi
Applications accepted all year round

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Production from unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as shale gas, shale oil, deepwater and arctic reservoirs requires advanced drilling and extraction technologies.
  Automated Big data analysis
  Dr A Starkey, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will focus on the task of automating data analysis tasks, particularly for numerical data but the techniques developed could be applied to other domains such as textual data analysis.
  Autonomous learning with Artificial Intelligence
  Dr A Starkey, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
Applications accepted all year round

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The ability to learn the sensorimotor maps of unknown environments without supervision is a vital capability of any autonomous agent, be it biological or artificial.
  Biogas upgrading by means of cyclic adsorption processes
  Dr C Fernandez-Martin, Dr D Dionisi
Applications accepted all year round

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Global warming is one of the most worldwide current challenges facing humanity, a direct consequence of the increasing CO2 emissions generated from the combustion of fossil fuels.
  Bio-inspired joints for metal-composite structures
  Prof M Kashtalyan, Prof I Guz
Applications accepted all year round

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Combining dissimilar materials such metals and fibre-reinforced composites in structural components has potential to reduce weight and improve structural performance in many applications.
  Biomechanical modelling of the human hand for improved control of myoelectric prostheses
  Dr E Chadwick, Dr M Giannaccini
Application Deadline: 1 May 2020

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The loss of a hand or greater part of the upper limb can mean a devastating loss of function for an individual. Myoelectric prostheses are robotic hands intended for replacement of the natural hand in cases of hand amputation or limb difference.
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