Open Applications within the 4IR STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

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  • Competition Funded Project (European/UK Students Only)
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

An explosion of data-driven technology, as well as the huge steps forward in digital engineering, over the past couple of decades, have already started to transform not only the way we do science but also the way we live our everyday lives. Research projects undertaken as part of the 4IR CDT will focus on data intensive aspects of cutting edge research across Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics. These projects will also include placements with partner organisations in the commercial, industrial or private sectors in order to look at the wider applications of data-driven research outside a University setting.

4IR applications are now open. There are between 11 and 18 fully funded 4-year studentships available across all the partner institutions in a range of data-intensive research fields including astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics and computational physics.

This project is for open applications that specify an area of interest rather than a specific project that we have suggested.

Person specification

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.
  • You will have good time management.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • How are you suited to spend a 6-month placement with partner organisations in the commercial, industrial or private sectors?
  • As well as Computer Science describe which of the following areas you are interested in and explain why: Astrophysics; Particle Physics; or Nuclear Physics.
  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?
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