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Improving coastal and oceanographic monitoring with 5G at sea

   The Innovatory

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  Dr J.E Higham  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

About the Project

The University of Liverpool (UoL) and JET Engineering System Solutions (JET) are seeking to appoint a suitable experienced and qualified individual to undertake a three-year doctoral research programme. This is an extremely exciting project and has the potential to change the face of oceanographic measurements. This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled and so early applications are encouraged.

One of the biggest problems across the oceanographic sector is the lack of connectivity. JET have managed to solve this problem with their state-of-the-art 5G mesh capability. The main objective of this PhD project will be to develop the concept of a “internet of things sensor-ecosystem” for coastal and oceanographic monitoring. But before we can do this and get sensors out at sea, we need to work out who the stakeholders are and what savings can be made. Once we have developed this understanding, we plan to launch a pilot study out at sea which will evaluate the use case of different types of sensors. This will mean helping to develop sensor housing, code and basic electronics – you might get wet! From the collected data we will understand the usefulness of the sensors and use these data to help drive the change in the oceanographic field.

The successful applicant/candidate will have an MSc/MEng or similar in a relatable engineering field and/or environmental sciences. They should have good personal and communicating skills and be a good team player. The successful candidate will also need practical skills and ideally be competent in coding and basic electronics.

During the project the successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary team with members of staff from environmental sciences and engineering. They will receive all required training in the scope of this PhD. The main attributes we are looking for are a candidate who is willing, inquisitive and ready to solve problems.

This PhD is one of 13 industry-led collaborative R&D projects in UoL’s delivery of the Port City Innovation Hub (PCiH). The aim of the project is for the successful candidate to work toward a PhD at the University of Liverpool through delivering ‘real – life’ solutions to industry and society. The PCiH supports businesses in the Liverpool City Region developing products or services within the maritime sector achieve economic growth. PCiH is a partnership with Wirral Council, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, Rainmaking Innovation and Mersey Maritime as first phase activity in advance of the launch of the Maritime Knowledge Hub.

All PhD projects have been co-developed with SMEs and UoL to provide assistance in R&D where the company does not have internal expertise, resource or facilities to carry out the research. This will give you a strong advantage in entering a competitive job market in both the academic and commercial sectors.

Funding Notes

By joining PCiH you will receive a £16,000 tax free stipend per year, with your post-graduate tuition fees paid at the UK rate. PCiH is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Please visit the Innovatory for more information on the School of Environmental Science’s other innovation projects.

Application details:

To apply for this opportunity please E-Mail [Email Address Removed] quoting UoL-PCiH-004 in the subject line with:

• 2 page CV

• 2 page expression of interest


JET Engineering System Solutions is helping to meet the pan-industry demand for 5G enabled ‘Industry 4.0’ activity at sea. We are delivering this operational capability with the development and deployment of a suite of platforms that provide 5G mesh communication networks for the littoral and open-sea environments. Highly resilient high-bandwidth, low latency, communications that enable improved data supply, will result in better decisions being made, risks mitigated, environmental impact reduced and lives saved. Applications include human safety management, environmental management, meteorological monitoring, risk monitoring, autonomous surface and sub-surface platform operation, maritime de-carbonisation and renewable energy operations.

As a prestigious Russell Group institution, the University of Liverpool is one of the most exciting places in the UK to study. In the School of Environmental Sciences, we study Planet Earth. This includes the investigation of the Earth’s ecosystems, how they are impacted by our species and how human populations can be planned for and managed in the huge variety of environments in which we live. We are concerned with natural and human-induced risks to our population and to the planet ecosystem, and the means to mitigate them. We deliver world-class research and are also are involved in collaborating with industry, Government and the public to maximise the impact of our work.

The research project will be led by Dr Jonny Higham and Prof Andy Plater. Both academics have a strong interesting in environmental fluid mechanics and oceanography.

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