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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Application

Fully funded studentships available for UK and eligible EU students

Fully funded studentships available for UK and eligible EU students

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications at the University of Cambridge brings together the world leading expertise and research infrastructure of around 80 academics and researchers, in the Departments of Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Materials and Clinical Medicine to form a virtual “Sensors Department”.

We are recruiting talented students with a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research across the biological, physical and technological aspects of sensing.

Fully funded studentships available for UK and eligible EU students

Successful applicants will join a 4-year programme consisting of a 1-year MRes followed by a 3-years PhD. The MRes introduces our students to the fundamentals of sensor technologies, data interpretation and state-of-the-art sensor applications. It enables them to develop their own interdisciplinary PhD project, which is supervised by academics from two different departments and often in collaboration with industry.

Current PhD projects, falling within the themes of sensor technology, middleware and sensor applications, include:

  • Wireless medical sensors
  • Data compression for monitoring civil engineering structures
  • Super-resolution microscopy to study diseases
  • Nanomaterials and nano- and microdevices for sensor applications
  • Robotics
  • Air pollution sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Organic and printable electronics
  • Optical sensors

Throughout the programme our students participate in workshops to nurture their research and entrepreneurial skills and catalyse sensor innovation. Leading academic and industrial experts provide coaching and career advice as well as critical technical and scientific guidance.

Shaping future leaders

Sensor technology underpins almost every aspect of modern life, whether it is better personal health care diagnostics, improved manufacturing processes, reductions in environmental pollution, efficient transport solutions or sustainable food production. Sensors work efficiently behind the scenes in many consumer products, such as smart appliances, driverless cars and personalised drug delivery devices. Advances in modern science are unthinkable without sophisticated sensor technology, from high resolution imaging and micro-fluidics to wireless and autonomous sensors.

Sensor innovation happens at the interfaces between traditional disciplines. The Sensor CDT training programme bridges the “discipline gaps” between physical and life sciences, engineering and computer science. We provide our students with the “common language” and skills necessary to become future industrial or academic leaders in cutting-edge sensor development, intelligent data interpretation and ground-breaking sensor applications.

A key training element is the Sensor Team Challenge in which all students from a cohort work together on a particular problem for three months. The Team Challenge is based on the way leading sensor companies address major projects. Previous topics include “Sensors for assisted living of elderly people”, “Optical projection tomography”, and “Cell-free diagnostics for biological and chemical sensors”. Team Challenge topics are interdisciplinary, allowing students to contribute according to their background.

The training and research in the Sensor CDT is strongly supported by a number of world leading industrial partners in the field, including Alphasense, Shell, Rolls-Royce, Cambridge Display Technology, MedImmune, Andor, Fluid Analytics and NPL.

How to apply

We are inviting applications from 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.

Fully funded studentships are available for UK and eligible EU students only. Self-funded international students are welcome to apply.

To apply please visit our website

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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