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NUdata Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

NUdata Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

We have up to 9 fully funded PhD studentships available for entry in September 2023. These studentships are for 4 years and include full UK fees, a living allowance of £17,668 for 2022/23 full time study, and additional funding to cover research costs and national/international travel such as conferences. Students will undertake a PhD in STFC science (see project descriptions below), will do formal training in Data Intensive Science and will spend six months in an industrial placement.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st January 2023 and we will confirm the outcome of awards before 31st March 2023.

NUdata offers a cohort-based training partnership between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities and is funded by STFC. Students will undertake an original PhD research project within the STFC remit (solar physics, astrophysics or cosmology) but will also be trained in data science techniques and will choose from 40+ partners in industry, charity or government for their placement.

NUdata’s vision is to create STFC scientists with the data science skills necessary to address the data challenges presented by both STFC science and broader society. This new generation of PhD-qualified data specialists will also have increased job prospects post PhD and will contribute to increased quantitative and technical skills in the Northeast of England, contributing to the government’s levelling up agenda. At the end of their PhD, students trained by NUdata will have the distinct advantage of choosing to become academics in astrophysics (broadly defined) or become industry leaders. Find out more at

Recruitment Event (09.01.2023)

You will join a strong and supportive research team. To help better understand the aims of the CDT and to meet the PhD supervisors, we are hosting a day-long event on campus on Monday 9th January 2023.

At that event, there will be an opportunity to discuss your research ideas, meet potential PhD supervisors, as well as hear from speakers from a variety of backgrounds (academia, industry, government, charity) discussing both STFC and data science as well as their personal paths and backgrounds. Click here for details.

NUdata Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

The Centre covers a wide range of STFC science:

  • Solar Physics
  • Space Physics
  • Planets, Exoplanets & Stars
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Compact Objects

A list of 23 available projects offered for 25th September 2023 start can be found here and below.

Note that it is possible to apply for more than one research project, and the individual project descriptions will tell you how to do this. However, if you are interested in applying for both Northumbria-hosted *and* Newcastle-hosted projects, then you will need to submit two applications separately to each university.

NUdata values individual differences and diversity and the improved science and scholarship that brings. We therefore encourage applications from under-represented groups and requests for flexible study are welcomed. We offer all applicants full guidance on the application process and on details of the CDT. For informal enquiries, email Professor James McLaughlin (Northumbria) or Professor Tamara Rogers (Newcastle).

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You must have or expect to have a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject (physics, astrophysics, computer science, mathematics). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently and within a group, excellent analytical skills and strong communication skills are essential requirements. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Deadline for applications: 31st January 2023
Start Date: 25th September 2023

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