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Current PhD Studentships


Full-time PhD studentship available

School of Physical Sciences at The Open University

Based in Milton Keynes

There is one remaining full-time studentship available in Space Instrumentation from the range of projects below. The studentship is funded by a STFC Doctoral Training Partnership and the OU.

Space Instrumentation

Production of oxygen on the Moon (SI2)

Investigating radiation damage of the Gaia focal plane using simulations and in-orbit data (SI4)

Image analysis and correction for Soft X-ray Telescopes and Ground Instrumentation (SI5)

High Dynamic Range CMOS Image Sensors (SI7)

Atmospheric retrievals from the NOMAD instrument on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission (SI8)

Next generation EOS wind speed LIDAR sensor: Hot Pixel Generation and Clock Induced Charge in Te2v EM CCDs (SI10)


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) if you are resident in the UK which states the advertised project(s) above which you would like to apply 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 17 September 2021 at 5.00pm

Interviews will take place remotely on Tuesday 28 September 2021 


Funding and Eligibility

The studentships are funded by a STFC Doctoral Training Partnership and the OU for 3 years, with a possibility of an extension to 3.5 years. They attract a stipend of £15,609 per year directly payable to the student, and cover the University fees. The advertised studentships are open only to UK citizens or permanent residents due to the funding criteria.  

We normally require that the candidates have at least a 2:1 at UK BSc or MSc level, but some projects may differ – please check the project description you are interested in.


Advice and Guidance

Please contact with any questions about general administration, eligibility, suitability, funding or the nature of the PhD research. Our PhD administrator Rosa Miller and postgraduate research tutor Konstantin Stefanov will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you have questions about specific projects, please contact the lead supervisor named on the project.

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