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Ocean and Earth Science

New PhD studentships available in Industrial Strategy
Ocean and Earth Science

The NEXUSS Centre for Doctoral Training and SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership are announcing additional PhD studentships available for a 2017 start. These studentships are interdisciplinary, focusing on scientific excellence within the UK Industrial Strategy remit. Studentships will be based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and partners, with cutting-edge facilities and world-class academics and technologists from around the world.

Research topics span the coast to deep ocean, atmosphere and land, tackling the most pressing scientific questions of our age, within the environmental sciences. Within the NEXUSS CDT, there is additional scope to use and develop advanced technology – particularly smart autonomous systems – and methods for investigating environmental problems.

In the current call for studentships, projects have industrial links with many projects having a CASE partner in industry. Interaction and partnership with industry is encouraged and supported within these projects, providing additional training and experience for students.

Application deadlines

Due to the short timeframe, applications are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible, with deadlines anticipated:

  • 26 June 2017 – application deadline
  • 14 July and 17 July 2017 – Interviews. Applicants are expected to make themselves available to interview on these dates.
Ocean and Earth Science


SPITFIRE is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment. This DTP focuses on innovative, multi-disciplinary research for the effective training of future leaders in environmental science, engineering, technology development, business, and policy. SPITFIRE students will be registered at the University of Southampton and will undertake their PhD project research within the University or one of the hosting partner organisations.

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NEXUSS is a Centre for Doctoral Training funded by NERC and EPSRC. It is led by the University of Southampton, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, Heriot Watt University, National Oceanography Centre, Scottish Association for Marine Science and University of East Anglia. The particular focus of NEXUSS is on developing and applying novel Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems (including autonomous aerial and underwater platforms, new algorithms for decision-making by robots, developing new methods for analysing big environmental datasets, and more). The aim is to equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the necessary skills to develop and apply these new unmanned systems for environmental studies. Students will be registered at one of the 6 institutions, and will have joint training and an annual Grand Challenge event within each cohort.

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Ocean and Earth Science

Entry criteria

Successful candidates are likely to have the following qualifications:

  • BSc/MSci 2:1
  • and/or Masters (MSc or MRes) at Merit/Distinction level (>60%)
  • and/or evidence of significant relevant professional experience equivalent to Masters level

from the following disciplines:

  • quantitative disciplines (mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics), earth or environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, oceanography or marine science.

Each SPITFIRE/NEXUSS project comes with a fully-funded studentship for students who meet the eligibility requirement.

Eligibility requirements

A student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay


  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)


  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

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