The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future (Sensor CDT), at the University of Cambridge, is looking for aspirational, enthusiastic and open-minded students to join its vibrant environment. The Sensor CDT brings together world leading expertise and research infrastructure of more than 90 academics and researchers across 15 departments. The list of departments includes Materials Science and Metallurgy, Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Clinical Medicine.
We are recruiting talented students with a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research across the biological, physical and technological aspects of sensing. Successful applicants will join a 4-year programme consisting of a 1-year MRes followed by a 3-year 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, supervised by academics from two different departments and often in collaboration with industrial partners. 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.
Throughout the programme our students participate in workshops to nurture their research and entrepreneurial skills as well as to develop their understanding of responsible innovation. Leading academic and industrial experts provide coaching and mentoring as well as critical technical and scientific guidance. The programme is developed along three directions:
-- Sensors for a healthy society: We will provide research training for our CDT cohorts on new sensor technologies e.g. for assisted living of an aging population and of patients with chronic diseases, for point of care diagnostics, and for companion diagnostics for advanced medical treatment.
-- Sensors for a sustainable environment, society and economy: This theme centres on the use of sensors e.g. to drive resource and energy efficiency in industrial and agricultural processes, to monitor human impact on the environment, and to use sensors for enabling the sustainable use of infrastructure assets.
-- Sensors with open technologies: We have pioneered the use of open technologies as an alternative to proprietary technologies for advanced sensor systems design in our current CDT.
Sensor technology underpins almost every aspect of modern life, whether it is improving personal healthcare diagnostics, enhanced manufacturing processes, reduction 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. Both training and research activities in the Sensor CDT are strongly supported by world leading industrial partners in the different fields covered by the scope of the Sensor CDT, including MedImmune, Alphasense, Fluidic Analytics, ioLight, NokiaBell, Cambridge Display Technologies, Teraview, Zimmer and Peacock, Panaxium and Silicon Microgravity.
We are inviting applications from graduates with a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree (or equivalent) in physical sciences, life sciences, medicine, engineering, or computer science. We are looking for students with an innovative approach to problem solving, well-developed technical skills, and the aptitude and aspiration to become future world leaders in the field of sensor technologies for a healthy and sustainable future.
To apply please visit our website cdt.sensors.cam.ac.uk/how-to-apply.
Please quote reference NQ17527 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
Deadline: 3 January 2019, 12:00 pm.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications offers around 10 fully funded studentships per year for eligible UK and EU students with a strong interest in interdisciplinary sensor research. We encourage candidates from overseas to apply but funding would have to come from other sources.
The University's ability to offer this course in 2019/20 depends on funding decisions scheduled to be made by the EPSRC in December 2018 for all CDTs seeking renewal. We will therefore not be able to confirm any offers of admission until at least December 2018. Applications will nevertheless be assessed as they are received, so you should not delay in submitting your application. If the course is not offered, then either your application fee will be refunded, as well as travel expenses to attend for interview, or (with your consent) your application may be transferred to another course.