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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 Faculty studentship opportunities

Automated monitoring of animal health and welfare

This collaborative project brings together experts in mathematical modelling, data analysis and animal behaviour and welfare.

Lead department: Department of Mathematical Sciences (in collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Computational design of DNAzymes

You will gain skills in bioinformatics, statistics, machine-learning and drug design, alongside broader transferable research skills; producing a highly employable postdoctoral researcher, with a range of multidisciplinary skills.

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Demand scheduling and emission control in e-fulfilment

This project aims to bringing together revenue management (demand scheduling) and vehicle routing models to minimize emission by means of giving incentives to encourage customers to choose least emission time windows. It will also provide resolutions on the efficient usage of electric fleets in grocery delivery.

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Enhancing cognitive fitness and attention for active mathematical learning through neural engineering

This studentship will research and develop a new neuro-adaptive learning environment for mathematical education. The information technology (IT)-based learning environment will adapt the learning content based on the learner’s task performance and brain signals (electroencephalogram (EEG)).

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Enhancing recovery from domestic abuse

This project will be an examination of using the green exercise activities of wilderness therapy and care farming for improving the health, wellbeing and resilience of survivors of domestic abuse (umbrella term). 

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, and the School of Health and Social Care)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Epigenetic machine learning

We are looking for a highly motivated and interdisciplinary minded student, who has an excellent computer science, bioinformatics, electronics or related UG/MSc degree and is keen to work on relevant research in the area of design deep learning architectures and algorithms for age prediction based on DNA methylation data.

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Neurophysiological pain assessment in unresponsive patients

The successful applicant will (1) investigate the influence of the tonic experience of pain on neurophysiological markers extracted from the EEG, and (2) implement the detection of the neurophysiological markers of pain in a signal processing pipeline, based on brain-computer interface (BCI) technology that can be deployed at the bedside, for the online detection of pain.

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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'Nothing about us without us': Working with disabled people to identify accessible and inclusive ways of evaluating their participation in sport and physical activity

The aim of this project is to develop and test an accessible and inclusive toolkit to assess the physical activity and associated health benefits of people with a disability. This can then be used by researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Lead department: School of Health and Social Care (in collaboration with the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Strength training in pulmonary rehabilitation 

The project aims to explore the clinical application of strength assessment and training in pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) settings in the UK.

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the School of Health and Social Care)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Text analytics with deep learning for predicting dynamic economic systems

The goal of the PhD studentship is to develop novel text analytics methods based on modern Deep Neural Networks. The novel text analytics methods will be applied to better understand and analyse the complexity of real-world activities and dynamics in socio-economic systems such as stock markets, health care services, innovation processes and others.

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

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Towards a novel biomaker for pain: advanced analysis of oscillatory brain activity in healthy and chronic pain individuals

The present proposal focuses on electroencephalography (EEG) oscillations as a brain biomarker of pain, both in healthy individuals and chronic-pain patients. This project is a step forward as it proposes to study whether EEG oscillations can: (a) predict the unpleasantness of prolonged pain in healthy individuals and (b) predict ongoing pain in chronic patients.

Lead department: Department of Psychology (in collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Using sport as a vehicle to enhance communication skills in young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The purpose of the present research is to examine the use of sport as a vehicle to enhance communication and social interaction skills in children and young people diagnosed with ASDs.

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology and School of Health and Social Care)

Closing date: 7 May 2019


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Privacy-assuring signal processing for the release of healthcare data

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: 31 May 2019


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Wearable sensor-based rehabilitation exercise assessment platform for use in stroke rehabilitation

The main motivation of this project is the need for an effective post-stroke rehabilitation system that provides provide 24/7 assistance to stroke survivors as well as healthcare providers at home or in hospital environments.

Lead department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (in collaboration with the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences).

Closing date: 31 May 2019


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Departmental studentships - Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex has three PhD studentships to be awarded, for four possible projects: 

Closing date is 17 May 2019. Successful candidates are expected to start in October 2019.