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 Friday, March 15, 2024
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Lancaster University – Natural Sciences PhD opportunities 

Lancaster University is host to one of the longest running Natural Sciences degree programmes in the country, providing cutting edge opportunities for students to study at the interface of different scientific disciplines. If you want to research across traditional disciplinary boundaries, a Natural Sciences PhD could be for you. Our postgraduate research opportunities enable research at the scientific interface, pioneering solutions to some of the World’s most complex global challenges. 

The department of Natural Sciences within the Lancaster University Faculty of Science and Technology invites applications for a 3.5-year PhD program. Natural Sciences encompasses research ventures from across several scientific disciplines (Physics, Maths, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Psychology, Computing). You will be working alongside leading academics from across the faculty in an innovative and vibrant research community.   

We are looking for highly motivated candidates, qualified with an excellent undergraduate and /or Masters level qualification in a related discipline to the advertised PhD opportunity. 

The PhD opportunities listed below are advertised as specific, individual projects, all of which deliver supervisory support from across two or more science departments. Join us on our journey of discovery by browsing the opportunities below and applying through our website. 

How to apply 

Informal e-mail enquiries to the lead supervisor in advance of application are encouraged; contact details can be found by following the link to a specific project.  

Complete the application and referee report forms (links available within each advertised project) and submit to . If you do not hear from us within 4

weeks of the closing date, then you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If you would like feedback on your application, please contact the supervisors of he project. 

Funding notes 

Only one project from the seven advertised will be selected for funding. Funding will be based on the quality of applications received, with all seven projects being given equal consideration. 

Links to projects on SciTech site:

Department of Chemistry

Innovating Complexity Within On-DNA Synthetic Transformations

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Latent Variable Modelling and Statistical Learning for Large-Scale Health Assessments  

Lancaster Environment Centre

BumbleTrack: AI-algorithms to study bee behaviour 

Data-driven River flow models to account for temporal and spatial dependence: a functional time series approach

Autonomous sensing and data platforms for food security 

Sensible Soil Sensing: Advancing soil greenhouse gas sensing with signal processing, quantum technology and lean design 

Department of Physics

An interdisciplinary project in sustainable energy generation using quantum-enhanced molecular thermoelectric materials 

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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