PhD Studentship Faculty of STEM

Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Stipend £15,009 per year
Closing date
14 Aug 2020
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PhD Studentship

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Stipend £15,009 per year

Full time

Milton Keynes

Please quote reference:  Space February 2021

3-year research studentships

Full-time PhD studentships in Space Instrumentation available at The Open University.

The School of Physical Sciences at The Open University invites applications for    full-time PhD studentships in the Space Instrumentation research discipline for a February 2021 start. The available projects are:

EMCCD detector development for space applications: from WFIRST to future mission opportunities

Contact: David Hall

CMOS Image Sensor for the THESEUS X-ray Space Telescope

 Contact: Konstantin Stefanov

High Dynamic Range CMOS Image Sensors

Contact: Konstantin Stefanov

A universal model for detector simulations for space applications

Contact: Jesper Skottfelt

Up to two full-time PhD studentships, funded by the STFC and the European Space Agency (ESA), are available. The 3-year research studentships provide a maintenance grant of £15,264 per year (2020-2021 rate) and all academic fees are covered. The projects are only available to students who have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. More details are available at:

How to apply

If you would like to apply then please read the guidance on applying for a PhD studentship here and email the following to by the application deadline

·       a completed application form - UK and EU students or application form - Overseas which states which advertised project(s) above you are applying for

·       an up to date CV

·       a list of individual courses taken and grades obtained

·       a personal statement

·       any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration

You do not need to submit a research proposal for any of these projects, as they are already defined by us. You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th August 2020.

Interviews will take place remotely on Friday 28th August 2020

We are committed to widening participation and awarding PhD studentships to a diverse community of applicants. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.

For guidance on applying for a PhD studentship please click here and email the following to by the application deadline.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Equal Opportunity is University policy

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

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