15 Fully-funded Four-Year PhD Studentships in Digital Economy

Closing Date
Tuesday, 4th January 2022
Computer Science

Horizon EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data
University of Nottingham 

Location: Nottingham, Leicester
Funding for:
fully funded for UK and a limited number of international candidates
Funding amount: 
Enhanced stipend of £17,600 p.a. and fees paid for eligible candidates
Hours: Full time
Closes: Home applicants: 4th January 2022; international applicants: 13th December 2021

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic students to join the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) from September 2022. We are an interdisciplinary Centre welcoming applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, human factors, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science, medicine/health studies and the arts. Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research, with a 2:1 honour degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.

Our EPSRC funded Creating Our Lives in Data programme is establishing technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services, and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business, and humanities from the University of Nottingham, plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, high value products, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our innovative four-year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, a placement with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Director Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Deputy Director Dr Nicholas Watson, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully funded four-year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An external/industry partner to help embed your research in the real world.
  • Placement with a partner organisation and opportunities for international exchange.
  • An enhanced stipend of £17,600 per annum.
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a track record of 75+ Horizon CDT graduates to date.
  • Developing highly sought-after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

See the Horizon CDT website for more information and how to apply.

Closing dates:  4th January 2022 (home applicants), 13th December 2021 (international applicants)
Interview dates: February 2022 (dates to be confirmed)