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We offer 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. Please check the information on each studentship carefully before applying.

Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Science and Health may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages.

Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.

Use of eDNA to assess the impact of decommissioning on marine sediment communities and the development of an industry-relevant environmental monitoring toolkit

This PhD project will undertake ground breaking research using environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches to characterise biodiversity surrounding Man-Made Structures (MMS) and their decommissioning in the North Sea.

Title Use of eDNA to assess the impact of decommissioning on marine sediment communities and the development of an industry-relevant environmental monitoring toolkit.

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 11:59pm on 31st January 2022


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Quantifying ‘Blue Carbon’ stores around Man-Made Structures

This PhD studentship will be the first to quantify the ‘blue carbon’ stored in marine sediments, specifically in the exclusion zones around oil and gas infrastructure. This will include collection of new data through direct sediment sampling, using radioisotope and stable isotope measurements, to evaluate the extent and age of carbon stores.

Title: Quantifying ‘Blue Carbon’ stores around Man-Made Structures

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 11:59pm on 31st January 2022.


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Time resolved crystallography of multifunctional heme enzymes

In this project, serial crystallography (combining data from many thousands of small crystals to form a complete dataset) will be used to obtain structures at ambient (i.e. non-cryogenic) temperatures using microcrystals for two different multifunctional enzymes.

The student will be expected to spend 50% of their time at the University of Essex and 50% at Diamond Light Source (Didcot, Oxfordshire) throughout the project period.

Title: Time resolved crystallography of multifunctional heme enzymes

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 28th February 2022


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An exploration of how advanced analytics and machine learning can be applied, for the optimization of the bespoke manufacturing processes of low volume, super luxury motor cars

This PhD project will be to leverage advanced analytics and machine learning to identify the key influencers of assembly inefficiencies and determine which measures can be taken to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our rigorous control processes. The project is expected to advance data science methodology within the field of bespoke super-luxury automotive manufacturing.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related subject, and advanced level of knowledge of data analysis and machine learning methodologies, as well as techniques utilizing myriad data sources, internal and external to an organisation. Other criteria can be found on the studentship advert.

Title: An exploration of how advanced analytics and machine learning can be applied, for the optimization of the bespoke manufacturing processes of low volume, super luxury motor cars.

Based in: Department of Mathematical Sciences (the successful candidate will work at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, West Sussex).

Deadline: 7th February 2022


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Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages, which will be advertised here when available.

 

Evaluation of Arts Outreach

With Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding, DanceEast are undertaking a major project creating new applications of digital technologies for teaching dance and integrating dance education within primary school curriculum. This PhD studentship will develop innovative evaluation strategies for measuring the social, cultural, and economic impact of this exciting DanceEast project. Through the evaluation of the DanceEast case study, the PhD candidate will develop a new, multimodal framework for the evaluation of arts and cultural programmes more widely. 

Title: Evaluation of Arts Outreach

Based in: East 15 Acting School and Essex Business School.

Deadline: 17 March 2022.

 

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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) offer you skills training and funding for your postgraduate research. Join one of our DTPs and you'll work alongside leading academics in your subject.

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