Current Opportunities

Horizon Creating Our Lives in Data CDT


Round 3 applications 

Closing Date: 8th July 2019
Proposed interview dates: 24th July 2019

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic students to join our 2019 cohort on PhD projects partnered by Rail Safety and Standards Board, Ordnance Survey and Experian.   Applicants must possess an excellent first degree in a relevant area, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research. The studentships are only available to UK/Home and EU students resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.

Experian Themes

Ordnance Survey Theme

RSSB Themes

Our EPSRC Creating Our Lives in Data CDT programme, aims to establish technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, high value products, transport, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect that every student will be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our innovative four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, an internship with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, who led the Human Factors Research Group, and is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An internship with one of our partners and opportunities for international exchange
  • An enhanced stipend of £17,000 per annum
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a proven track record of successful Horizon CDT graduates.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 undergraduate degree. For non-native English language speakers an IELTS average score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element is required.

How to apply

Please see the How to Apply section to download our application form.  The closing date for round 3 is Monday 8th July 2019.

Recruitment process

After the closing date applications will be reviewed by a shortlisting committee and candidates will be notified by email regarding the outcome of the shortlisting meeting.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an academic interview at the University in mid July 2019.  Candidates who pass the academic interview will also need to pass a partner interview before an offer can be made. The academic interview date is advertised however candidates should be aware partner interviews will be organised following the outcome of the academic interviews therefore the partner interview dates are unknown at this time. Partner interviews are usually carried out via Skype.

Student experience video

In this short video below, CDT student Pepita Stringer shares her experiences of studying for a transdisciplinary PhD within the Horizon My Life in Data CDT.