Postgraduate Research


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Are you looking for a postgraduate research opportunity?

We're offering a wide variety of studentships and other research opportunities throughout the year. As a research student, you'll work with at least one academic supervisor and be given research training to help you gain skills in research methodology.

Take a look at our current opportunities below.

Current Institute for Social and Economic Research studentship opportunities

Five studentships linked to The Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

ESRC project linked studentship - A life course perspective on childlessness

The PhD project will aim to identify the life course trajectories that lead to childlessness among men and women and the life course consequences of remaining childless. The PhD candidate will use sequence analysis and methods for longitudinal data analysis to examine which life course trajectories are more likely to lead to childlessness in different contexts. 

Closing date: 20 January 2020

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ESRC project linked studentship - Young people's social skills

We're advertising a PhD studentship to recruit a student to build on existing research, by investigating how social skills are produced, how they relate to observed outcomes and how they mediate other behaviours and outcomes. Throughout, the focus will be on behavioural measures of social skills. 

Closing date: 17 February 2020

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ESRC project linked studentship - Local immigrant integration

This PhD studentship for research aims to understand community level variation in immigrant integration by exploiting immigrant oversamples or boosts, and the new availability of administrative data sources, which enable quantitative analysis of immigrant integration at the subnational level. This doctoral researcher will study immigrant integration among the foreign-born and/or the second and subsequent generations, examining community as well as individual - and family-level determinants of integration. 

Closing date: 17 February 2020

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Extra-curricular activities and skill acquisition

Under the supervision of Professor Emilia Del Bono, the holder of this studentship will work on a number of research questions, including whether a university degree provides the skills required by a rapidly changing labour market. 

Closing date: 17 February 2020

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Artificial Intelligence for causality with applications in the social and economics sciences

Are you a talented student with a background in computer science, econometrics or statistics and want to apply for a studentship in one of the following research areas?

  • Causal discovery for high-dimensional feature spaces
  • Embedding common knowledge in causal effect identification
  • Speeding up experimental designs by incorporating observational data

Closing date: 17 February 2020

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Current Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Current studentship opportunities in the Faculty of Science and Health

Deep learning approach for demand management in e-retailing

This project aims to apply deep learning techniques to understand major cost/emission factors of vehicle routing subject to customer choices, so as to proactively adjust pricing to schedule customer demands.

Lead department: Department of Mathematical Sciences (in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering)

Closing date: 27 January 2020

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Privacy-assuring signal processing for the release of healthcare data

The development of wireless technology and data-driven apps has led to an influx in tools that can help track behaviour patterns, particularly in the health and wellbeing sector.

However any disclosure of personal health-related data to legitimate entities (such as healthcare providers) to receive some utility in return (e.g., in the form of better health monitoring services) comes at the expense of a possible loss of privacy, which may have unintended and potentially adverse effects to the patients/users.

This project is concerned with issues around data privacy in relation to the sharing of healthcare patient information/signal.

Lead department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (in collaboration with the School of Health and Social Care)

Closing date: 30 January 2020

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Departmental studentships in the Faculty of Science and Health

Environmental drivers of food web structure and energy flux in marine ecosystems

This PhD will aim to determine the major drivers of trophic complexity and biomass distributions in marine ecosystems.

The candidate will join the Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Group at the University of Essex and will also work with researchers at Cefas in Lowestoft.

Department: School of Life Sciences

Closing date: 22 March 2020.

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