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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Applications are now closed, however a number of individual projects may be advertised from the Spring.

We are seeking up to 15 talented and enthusiastic students to join the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in September 2023. We are an interdisciplinary Centre welcoming applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, human factors, human-robot interaction, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science, medicine/health sciences and the arts. Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research, with a 2:1 honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.

Our EPSRC funded Creating Our Lives in Data programme is establishing technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods (e.g. food), creative industries, high value products (e.g. cars), health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our unique four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, a placement with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Director Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Deputy Director Dr Nicholas Watson, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An external/industry partner to help embed your research in the real world.
  • Placement with a partner organisation and opportunities for international exchange.
  • An enhanced stipend of £19,891 per annum (2022/23 rates).
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a track record of 85+ Horizon CDT graduates to date.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

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