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Programme

The Satellite Data in Environmental Science – Centre for Doctoral Training (SENSE CDT) will train the next generation of Earth Observation leaders, with the expertise and knowledge to address Earth System challenges using both advanced data science and remote sensing.

Placements

During years 2-3 of your PhD our students will undertake a 3-month placement embedded within our space industry or public-sector partners

Applications

Apply now to become an Earth Observation PhD student!

Satellite Data in Environmental Science – Centre for Doctoral Training

Join us to transform environmental science in the UK using both advanced data science and Earth Observation techniques.

We are looking for outstanding candidates from environmental science, maths, physics, engineering and computer science disciplines.

SENSE will fund 50 PhD students, providing them with stipend, residential training, fieldwork funds and covering all fees for 3-years and 9-months. These students will end up with an integrated PhD and MSc qualification (“PhD with integrated study”), co-awarded from the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds.

Benefits

  • You will receive training and supervision from world-leading Earth Observation scientists with expertise across environmental sciences and satellite platforms.
  • You will be located in excellent UK research institutions, based in either the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the National Oceanography Center (NOC) or the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
  • Our comprehensive residential training programme provides all 1st year PhD students with specially designed expert training in Earth Observation systems and techniques, coupled climate models, and advanced data science methods.
  • 2nd and 3rd year students will benefit from specialist workshops, hackathons and training at the Harwell innovation centre (1 week residential course), the European Space Agency (1 week workshop in ESRIN), and The Alan Turing Institute. This includes industry engagement, training in science communication and outreach, big data analysis and storage, and for our 4th years specific training in entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property.
  • Every PhD student will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the space and environmental science industry, through CASE partnerships and 3-month funded industry placements.
  • Every student will have the opportunity to work closely with international space agencies, including ESA, DLR and NASA, with study visits available for students.
  • You will have access to the best facilities, including the UK’s super-computers, and technical support and training to make the most of them.
  • Every Earth Observation CDT PhD student will benefit from a budget 15% greater than the average for funded PhD, through additional funding made available by our partners, the UK Space Agency and the Data-Driven Innovation Programme based in Edinburgh.
  • You will belong to a community of Earth Observation researchers who will provide mentoring, peer learning and support throughout your PhD.

Apply now

16 fully funded PhD places are available to UK and EU students for entry in September of each year (in both cases, prospective students must have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to September 2020). There may also be some places for self-funded or fees-only students who do not meet these criteria, please contact us for more information. The application deadline is 19th January 2020. Find out more and apply here.

Questions?

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office. email: env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)113 343 5326