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PhD Studentship - Wireless Glaciology Instrumentation

A fully funded PhD studentship (funding for 3 years)

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The subglacial environment hosts populations of microorganisms, controls ice sheet motion, and ultimately helps determine the fate of ice on planet Earth. However, it is challenging to observe. We seek a motivated engineer or earth scientist to develop new tools to measure subglacial environments. You will use bespoke instruments which are capable of measuring the thickness change of Antarctic ice shelves with millimetre precision. You will combine the ApRES ice-penetrating radar, developed by UCL and the British Antarctic Survey, with ETracer+ wireless sensors, developed by the universities of Bristol and Cardiff, to advance methods for wireless geophysical monitoring of the subglacial environment.

This PhD studentship offers a unique opportunity for a motivated graduate to carry out research into advanced radio frequency sensors in a multi-disciplinary area. The successful candidate will be based in the Radar Group at UCL and will receive training in the development of radio frequency sensors and geophysical measurement techniques. The project involves theoretical, laboratory and, potentially, polar field work with world-renowned scientific collaborators from the British Antarctic Survey, Cardiff University and London South Bank University.

The studentship is available for three years and covers tuition fees at the UK rate, plus a stipend at £16,296 pa (tax free).

Eligibility criteria: UK Home students only. Applicants should have a First class or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Engineering, Physics, Earth Sciences, or a related discipline.
He/she should have good knowledge and preferably project experience working in sensor systems, signal processing and computer modelling.

To make informal inquiries, please send a CV, including a list of any publications, with the contact details of at least two referees to Dr. Lai Bun Lok ( who will also be happy to answer any questions about this project.
Applications should be made using the UCL Postgraduate Research Intake Selection Mechanism (PRiSM) admissions system:!/?program=24

Start Date: Before 31st December 2016
Closing Date: 31st October 2016 (or until filled)