Up to 10 fully funded studentships for UK and eligible EU students are available at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications at the University of Cambridge.
Sensors have advanced to an extent that they underpin almost every aspect of modern life. Advances in sensor technology are continuously contributing to better personal health care diagnostics, improved manufacturing processes, reductions in environmental pollution, more efficient transport and higher food production. Sensors have found their way into many consumer products where they work seemingly behind the scenes. Scientific advances are unthinkable without sophisticated sensor technology.
The Sensor CDT will provide you with rigorous training in the science and technology underpinning modern sensor innovation all the way from the physical principles of sensing to sensor networks, data interpretation and sensor applications. You will have access to the world leading expertise and infrastructure that Cambridge University has to offer across the field of sensing.
The Sensor CDT catalyses sensor innovation by bridging 'discipline gaps' between physical and life sciences, engineering and computer science. You will receive rigorous training across the full breadth of topics that modern sensor research encompasses, including physical concepts of sensing, sensor technologies, sensor-design principles, sensor networks, processing of sensory data, and sensor applications. During the first year, leading to a Master of Research qualification (MRes), you will attend lectures and carry out a series of individual and team based research projects and practicals to prepare you optimally for the PhD phase in years 2-4. For your PhD you will be able to pick and define a project with one of the 50 participating supervisors across the University. Research and transferable skills training will play an integral part throughout the four years. It draws on the expertise and infrastructure of more than 20 departments across the University and is strongly supported by a number of world leading industrial partners in the field, including Alphasense, Shell, Rolls-Royce, Cambridge Display Technologies, MedImmune, Andor and Costain.
At the end of the programme you will be a sensor expert equipped with the necessary breadth and depth of technical-, industrial- and business skills to lead the future of sensor innovation.
The deadline for the first round of applications is 7 December 2016. We will shortlist candidates for interview in January. Further application rounds might open if places are still available.
We will be looking for exceptional graduates with a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree (or equivalent) in physical sciences, life sciences, medicine, engineering, or computer science. You should possess an innovative approach to problem solving, well-developed technical skills, and the aptitude and aspiration to become a future world leader in the field of sensor technologies and applications.
To find out more about the Sensor CDT please visit our website.