UK: PhD Studentship in Systems Engineering at University of Reading

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Decription: This PhD studentship is part of an EPSRC funded project called “SPHERE’ – a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment”. The project is part of a consortium of universities and industrial partners with the aim of monitoring individuals using both mobile and static sensors and using this information to report useful diagnosis information to relatives, carers and heath care professionals. In particular the research at the University of Reading will focus on developing a low-power sensor to be worn on the body or in clothing that records, communicates and interprets data useful for physicians. Such data could include kinematic signals such as movement, or biological signals such as temperature.

The PhD student will be researching novel approaches to Body Area Sensors and Networks with emphasis on at least one of the following topics: inertial sensing, low-power communications, communications protocols for managing data from body-worn sensors, power management or collaborative sensors. Furthermore, the student is expected to actively interact with other researchers and medical professionals on the requirements of body-worn sensors. The results of the research work are expected to be published in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Systems Engineering, at the University of Reading, under the supervision of Dr Sherratt, Professor Harwin and Dr Holderbaum.

Eligibility: A Bachelors or Masters Degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) with electronics, communications, embedded systems and mathematics as major subjects. Experience of wireless sensor networks, embedded programming, communications modelling and signal processing techniques is highly desired.

The three-year studentship provides a maintenance allowance of £13,590 per year and also covers Home/EU Tuition Fees.

Informal enquiries to: Dr R Simon Sherratt, tel: +44-(0)-118-378-8588, email: or Professor Harwin, tel: +44-(0)-118-378-6792, email:

How to apply:  To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Cybernetics to the University –

When prompted as part of your online application, you should provide details of the funding you are applying for, quoting the reference GS13-177.

You should also send a full CV, giving details of your qualifications, experience, achievements and the names of two academic referees to:

Dr R Simon Sherratt,
School of Systems Engineering,
The University of Reading,
Reading, RG6 6AY, UK
tel: +44-(0)-118-378-8601 (Mrs N. Round, Post graduate administrator)

Deadline for Applications: Applications will be received until the 7th February 2014. The successful candidate will begin their degree early in April 2014.

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