Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all studentships and funding opportunities will be advertised on this page as and when they become available.

    If you are applying for one of the following studentships, you must follow the application guidance detailed at the end of each advert. Do not apply directly via the University's online application system at this stage.

  • There are currently no funded Studentships available.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    1 Year, full-time Masters by Research funded Studentship (Fees and Project Costs only)

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants

    Bursary: There is NO Bursary attached to this Studentship

    Fees and Project costs: Fees and project costs will be met by the University for the one full-time year of the Studentship.

    Closing date:  3 February 2022

    Start Date: September 2022

    Project Title: Development of advanced fluorescence collation spectroscopy (FCS) approaches to study the role of chaperone variants in the biogenesis and functional expression of brain nicotinic receptors involved in cognition.

    Director of Studies: Dr Isabel Bermudez

    Project Description:

    Our research programme on the genetic basis of backward speech and cognitive functions has revealed complex interactions between variants of nicotinic receptor subunits and the chaperones that regulate their biogenesis and trafficking to the cell surface. As shown by our fretting confocal microscopy data, these interactions and their consequences for the trafficking of the receptors appear to be governed by the affinity between the chaperone and the receptor subunits. To determine how the interactions are regulated and how they drive trafficking we need to analyse the molecular dynamics of these interactions. An innovative and highly advanced approach to do this is by advanced confocal microscopy approaches such as dual colour fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) as this approach allows to insight the temporal dynamics of protein-protein interactions.  The project will comprise two phases: a) Phase 1, engineering of fluorescent chaperones and nicotinic receptor subunits. Several fluorescent proteins will be engineered in order to determine the fluorophores that lead to accurate measurements of protein fluctuations and diffusion. Phase 2 will focus on developing the FCS conditions required to measure protein fluctuations and diffusion so that the dynamics of the interactions between chaperones and nicotinic receptor subunits and the rate of trafficking are quantified.

    The appointed candidate will acquire experience and expertise on tissue culture, standard molecular biological techniques and advanced confocal microscopy.

    Contact: ibermudez@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk  to request an application form.

     


     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants 

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609) 

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. 

    Closing date: 3 February 2022 

    Start Date: September 2022 

    Project Title: Exploring the role of extracellular vesicles in cancer metastasis 

    Director of Studies: Professor Susan Brooks 

    Other supervisors: Dr Priya Samuel, Dr Ryan Pink 

    Project Description

    How cancer cells spread (metastasise) around the body is not well understood, but it is crucially important as there are currently no ways to prevent it, and is ultimately the cause of death in most cancer patients. During the process, the cancer cells interact with, and influence, normal cells including endothelial cells that line blood vessels, fibroblasts of the connective tissue, and immune cells. 

    Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are released by all cells. They carry cargo, including proteins and RNA molecules, which are taken up and signal to other cells. EVs are deregulated in pathological conditions, including cancer. However, the range of ways in which they can contribute to metastasis has not been fully explored. 

    We have shown that EVs released by cancer cells carry proteins with an altered glycosylation pattern. They interact with a receptor on the surface of normal target cells, which may lead to the seeding of a ‘pre-metastatic niche’, helping the cancer cells to colonise the new tissue. 

    The aim of this project is to interrogate these interactions, and especially to understand how cancer cells in the blood stream are ‘snared’ by endothelial cells before invading into a new site. The project will involve the use of cell culture, functional assays of cell adhesion and migration, flow cytometry,  advanced microscopy, gene knockdowns and protein and genetic analysis to study the response of normal cells to EV signals from cancer cells. We are seeking a motivated and talented student to join our vibrant team on this fascinating project. 

    Contact: p.samuel@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time. 

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk   to request an application form.  


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants 

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609) 

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. 

    Closing date: 3 February 2022 

    Start Date: September 2022 

    Project Title: Fat fetuses: endocrine control of adipose tissue development 

    Director of Studies: Dr Alison Forhead

    Other supervisors: Laura Gathercole, David Meredith 

    Project Description:

    Background Development of adipose tissue before birth is crucial for energy storage, adipokine secretion and thermogenesis in the neonatal period and has implications for cardiometabolic health in later life.  Near term, changes in the structure and function of adipose tissue are observed in both human and ovine fetuses in association with developmental increases in circulating cortisol and thyroid hormones.  Offspring born preterm, before the rises in maturational hormones, are at greater risk of hypothermia at birth and insulin resistance in adulthood. 

    Project Aims

    The aim of the project is to determine the role of cortisol and thyroid hormones in the regulation of growth and development of adipose tissue in utero, and the molecular mechanisms responsible.  

    The project will test the hypothesis that normal rising concentrations of these hormones mature adipose structure and key biological functions near term.

    The specific objectives are to examine in sheep fetuses treated with glucocorticoids or thyroid hormones: 

    1. the relative proportion of white and brown adipocytes, and white adipocyte size, in the perirenal adipose depot 

    2. the adipose transcriptome and differential gene expression 

    3. the expression of key proteins in thermoregulatory, insulin and adipokine signalling and other pathways 

    The postgraduate student will elucidate novel mechanisms responsible for the development of adipose tissue before birth.  Specifically, they will define the molecular pathways by which hormones regulate maturation of adipose structure and function with consequences for the short and longer term.  Skills learnt will include stereology, RNA-sequencing and bioinformatics analysis and Western blotting. 

    Contact: aforhead@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time. 

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form.

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants 

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609) 

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. 

    Closing date: 3 February 2022 

    Start Date: September 2022 

    Project Title: Uncovering the secret life of transcription factors 

    Director of Studies: Dr Barbara Jennings 

    Other supervisors: Dr Korneel Hens 

    Project Description:

    Precise control of gene expression is critical for the development and survival of all animals. Failure of gene regulation during development usually results in death of the embryo or birth defects, and in adult life leads to disease including cancer. Transcription factors that recognize specific DNA sequences play a central role in gene regulation. Their action can be either to enhance (activate) or inhibit (repress) transcription of specific target genes. Most transcription factors do not have intrinsic activator or repressive activity but recruit co-factors that regulate transcription. For example, the Groucho family of co-repressor proteins are recruited by many different transcription factors that repress transcription during animal development. Although the importance of gene repression is well established, the molecular mechanisms underlying repression by transcription factors is not well understood.

     

    The aim of this project is to uncover molecular mechanisms used by transcription factors to repress transcription. The project will focus on transcription factors that recruit Groucho family proteins, using the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) as a model system. The successful applicant will examine the effects of specific mutations that they will engineer into the gene encoding Groucho on gene expression and development. They will be taught skills including molecular biology, CRISPR, confocal microscopy, single cell sequencing and bioinformatics. This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Centre for Functional Genomics, the Oxford Brookes Centre for Bioimaging and Dr Jordi Solana. 

    Contact: bjennings@brookes.ac.uk 

    Requirements:  Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time. 

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk   to request an application form.


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants 

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609) 

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. 

    Closing date: 3 February 2022 

    Start Date: September 2022 

    Project Title: Functional characterisation of a novel class of insect ligand-gated ion channels 

    Director of Studies: Dr Andrew Jones 

    Other supervisors:  Prof Philip Biggin (University of Oxford) 

    Project Description:  Insect ligand-gated ion channels (LGICs) are molecular targets of highly effective insecticides. Further studies of these receptors will help understand better how insecticides work and aid in the design of novel compounds that selectively target pest species whilst sparing non-target organisms. The restricted use of neonicotinoids in the European Union amidst fears that they are having adverse effects on pollinators such as the honey bee, Apis mellifera, has resulted in the use of an older class of pesticides, pyrethroids, to which pests have become resistant. There is thus the need to develop novel and safer pest control agents. 

    The project will functionally characterise a novel class of insect LGIC, a serotonin-gated ion channel, recently identified at Oxford Brookes University. Techniques used will include PCR, DNA cloning, two-electrode voltage-clamp electrophysiology and, in collaboration with Prof. Philip Biggin at the University of Oxford, three-dimensional homology modelling of the LGICs. The serotonin receptor from insect pests that damage crops, such as moths and beetles, as well as from non-target insects, such as the honey bee, will be studied to determine whether there are differences that can be exploited in the rational design of improved insecticides that have higher selectivity for pests over beneficial species. 

    Contact: a.jones@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:   Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time.

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form.

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants 

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609) 

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. 

    Closing date: 3 February 2022 

    Start Date: September 2022 

    Project Title: Barking up the right tree: the evolutionary and ecological drivers of niche diversification and an adaptive radiation in the feather-legged Assassin bugs. 

    Director of Studies: Dr Verena Kriechbaumer 

    Other supervisors: Dr Matt Bulbert, Dr Saad Arif; Professor Christiane Weirauch (University of California Riverside) 

    Project Description:  Would you like to do fieldwork in Australia while developing expertise in genomics, systematics, ecology and behaviour through a UK-US collaboration? In this project you will investigate how an interplay between habitat use and dietary specialisation is potentially responsible for driving niche separation and a suspected adaptive radiation in the Feather-legged Assassin bugs (Reduviidae: Holoptilinae). The feather-legged assassin bugs are specialist ant-eaters that use unparalleled luring strategies to capture their prey. Their distribution is largely restricted to the tropics of the old-world continents of Africa, Asia and Australia. Uniquely to Australia though we see shifts in morphology, and habitat preference, and a seven-fold increase in body size in a single genus. We hypothesize this shift in characteristics is driven by the unique diversity of predatory ant species to Australia and dispersal to new habitat types. This project aims to reconstruct a comprehensive phylogeny of these bugs, using cutting-edge phylogenomic methods, with an emphasis on the Australian endemics, in order to answer questions like (but not limited too): Did adapting to being bark fauna pre-date the spread of feather-legs to drier and hotter climatic zones? Has an escalation in body size, reminiscent of an adaptive radiation, occurred through either a co-evolutionary arms race or trailing exploitation? Does the shift in body size and leg morphology reflect a co-option from using legs for defence against ants to a predatory device to feed on ants? For this project you will be based in the Conflict Ecology Lab at Oxford Brookes University, travel to Australia for fieldwork and gain excellence in systematics from one of the world’s leading entomology departments based at the University of California, Riverside, USA. 

    Contact: mbulbert@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time. 

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form.  


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

     

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants

     

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

     

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship.

     

    Closing date: 3 February 2022

     

    Start Date: September 2022

     

    Project Title: Understanding the tissue specific role of ECSIT in mitochondrial complex I assembly

     

    Director of Studies: Prof Sue Vaughan and Dr Paul Potter

     

    Project Description:

     

    We have identified a point mutation (N209I) in evolutionary conserved intermediate in toll signalling (ECSIT), an assembly factor for mitochondrial complex I, that exhibits a profound, tissue specific, reduction in complex I assembly in heart tissue resulting in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.01.438015v1). We have also shown that in mutant cardiac tissue there is a defective processing of the ECSIT protein, which appears to be cleaved in normal tissue. We will analyse the processing of tagged ECSIT constructs, firstly to confirm cleavage of ECSIT as part of this process and then define the critical cleavage site residues through further site directed mutagenesis. Using the cardiomyocyte lines, HL-1 (murine) and AC16 (human). In parallel, we will carry out in vitro mutagenesis of endogenous ECSIT using CRISPR Cas-9 in these cardiomyocyte cell lines to establish an in vitro screen for ECSIT residues critical to complex I assembly. The global KO of ECSIT is embryonic lethal and so the tissue specificity of the requirements for ECSIT will be studied by siRNA knockdown of ECSIT in a range of relevant, tissue derived cell lines. In addition to the reduced assembly of complex I, the expression of complex I components are specifically reduced in mutant tissue. We will investigate the control of complex I component expression in primary tissues and cell lines, looking at changes in transcription factors that may influence expression. These studies will aid our understanding of the requirements for efficient complex I assembly and its contributions to cardiac disease.

     

    Contact: ppotter@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Requirements:

     

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

     

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time.

     

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences   

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship  

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

     

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship.

     

    Closing date: 3 February 2022

     

    Start Date: September 2022  

    Project Title: The influence of diet on gene expression at the single cell level  

    Director of Studies: Dr Casper Breuker

     

    Other supervisors: Dr Korneel Hens, Dr Jordi Solana  

    Requirements:

     

    Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

     

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time.  

    Project Description:  Why do we fancy a sugary desert but not a dry piece of bread after a large meal? Why do we continue eating when no longer hungry? In a world struggling with obesity, it is crucial to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in food choice. This is an exciting opportunity to join the labs of Dr Korneel Hens and Dr Jordi Solana to study these processes using state-of-the-art single-cell sequencing techniques. Nutritional homeostasis involves adjusting feeding behaviour and post-digestive physiology to balance food intake with energy expenditure. Regulation of gene expression plays an important role by modulating diverse biological pathways such as nutrient sensing, feeding behaviour, reward signalling and metabolism. Single cell analysis methods have emerged as a powerful tool for investigating gene regulation with single cell resolution. One of the most recent methods is ACME dissociation and SPLiT-seq. This method allows fixing and dissociating cells, preserving their physiological gene expression patterns, and obtaining thousands of single cell transcriptomic profiles. We will generate samples of two different lab model organisms exposed to several dietary regimes. First, we will study the brain of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. We will use ACME and SPLiT-seq to identify neuronal populations that are involved in the transcriptional response to changes in diet. We will also use the freshwater planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Planarians have the ability of growing while fed, but, most interestingly, shrinking when starved. Using ACME and SPLiT-seq we have already identified putative energy storing cell types, as well as multiple neuronal cell populations.

     

    Contactkhens@brookes.ac.uk    

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk  to request an application form.

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

     

    3 Year, full-time funded PhD Studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home, EU and International applicants

     

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

     

    Fees and Bench fees: will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship.

     

    Closing date: 3 February 2022

     

    Start Date: September 2022

     

    Project Title: Leishmania attachment in the sand fly vector

     

    Director of Studies: Dr Jack Sunter

     

    Other supervisors: Prof Sue Vaughan

     

    Project Description:

     

    Background: Leishmaniasis is a devastating disease that affects millions of people around the world. The disease is caused by the Leishmania parasite which is transmitted through the bite of the sand fly; therefore, understanding the developmental cycle of the Leishmania parasite in the sand fly is critical to controlling the transmission of this disease. Leishmania is a unicellular flagellate parasite and in the sand fly the parasite has two forms – free swimming or attached. The parasite attaches to the lining of the gut in the sand fly through its flagellum, forming a complex structure call an attachment plaque. Attachment is central to the biology of Leishmania yet we understand very little about the molecular underpinnings of this process.

     

    Aim: This exciting project using cutting edge molecular biology and imaging techniques will unravel the regulatory pathway that controls differentiation from a free swimming to attached parasite.

     

    We will mine a comparative proteomic screen to identify proteins upregulated in attached parasites. Then using CRISPR/Cas9 genome modification we generate Leishmania parasites expressing these candidate proteins endogenously tagged with fluorescent proteins. Advanced fluorescence light microscopy will then be used to identify those with a role in differentiation. The function of these proteins and others identified by bioinformatics will be analysed by generating deletion mutants using CRISPR approaches in combination with cutting-edge light microscopy and 3D electron microscopy approaches to define the points at which the mutants fail during differentiation.  

    Contact: jsunter@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Requirements:  Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

     

    The studentship requires you to undertake 6 hours teaching per week during semester time.

     

    How to apply: Applicants should email hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form.  


     

     


     

     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Sasakawa Postgraduate Masters by Research Studentship

    The award is £10,000 for the 2022/23 academic year.
     

    Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, y

    Eligibility:                               Home/EU (3 year residency status only – see below)

    Mode of study:                          Full-time only

    Funding:                                 £10,000 (1 year only)

    Deadline:                                     Closing date for applications:17:00 on Tuesday 1 March 2022
     

    Start date:September 2022

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

    Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees.

    This studentship is for one year only, beginning in September of the 2022/23 academic year.
     

    We offer a broad range of expertise in contemporary Japanese culture, but candidates interested in religion (history or anthropology), death and dying, ageing and social issues, gender and the body, cinema, arts, or linguistics are especially encouraged to apply. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Europe Japan Research Centre, and we are one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the anthropology of Japan.

    Candidate Criteria:
    • You must have a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
    • You must be either a UK citizen (regardless of your current residency) or settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of your MA course. 
    • The research proposal must focus on Japan.
    • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
    • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.
    • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline. 
      How to apply: 
      Please contact the Research Administrator Terri Morris:  tmorris@brookes.ac.uk for further details.

       


       

      Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

      Sasakawa Postgraduate MPhil/ PhD Studentship

      Eligibility:                               Home/EU and International Students

      Mode of study:                          Full-time only

      Funding:                                 £10,000 (initially 1 year)

      Deadline:                                     Closing date for applications: 17:00 on Tuesday 01 March 2022.

       

      Start date:September 2022.

      The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

      The Faculty can nominate the candidate for the MPhil/PhD studentship of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of three years, beginning in September of the 2022/23 academic year. . Please note that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent three year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

      Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees each year. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.
       

      Candidates must have:          

      ●     a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.

      ●     completed a degree with a substantive anthropology content or in Japanese studies, or in a discipline relevant to the proposed research, and have a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to engage in fieldwork in Japan where relevant (normally this should be equivalent to JLPT level 2 or above).   

      A Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research.  

      Part-time programmes are not eligible.   

      Candidate Criteria:

      ●     The research proposal must focus on Japan.

      ●     It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.

      ●     Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.

      ●     Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.   

      How to apply:

      Please contact the Research Administrator Terri Morris:  tmorris@brookes.ac.uk for further details.

       

         

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three-year, full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Analysing and Testing AI Applications

    Location: Oxford

    Eligibility: Home; EU and International candidates 

    Bursary: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for 3 years

    Fees:  Tuition fees at the Home rate will be paid by the University 

    An International student will be required to pay the difference between Home and International fee rates.  

    Deadline:  1 February 2022 at 17:00 GMT 

    Start date: June 2022, or a September 2022 start is also possible    

    Primary Supervisor: Professor Hong Zhu

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics are offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. It includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase) and fees up to the Home fee rate.

    An international student awarded the studentship will be required to pay the difference between Home and International fee rates.   Please note, fees increase by 4% annually. The studentship has a start date of June 2022, or a September 2022 start is also possible. 

    Full Project Detail

    The goal of the project is to develop a methodology and technology for analysing and testing AI applications. The research question is how to generate test cases, measure test adequacy and checking correctness in testing AI applications, especially machine learning (ML).

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Hong Zhu and Dr Ian Bayley and will expand existing work and conduct case studies. In particular, the student is expected to further develop the datamorphic testing methodology and the automated testing tool Morphy on at least one of the following aspects. 

    (a) Strategies for exploratory testing of non-feature-based ML applications, such as image recognitions, time series classifications, natural language processing, prediction models, etc. 

    (b) Analysing and measuring ML model’s performances based on exploratory test results. 

    (c) Interpretation and explanation of ML models through testing. 

    (d) Integration of exploratory and confirmatory testing. 

    The student is also expected to conduct case studies and controlled experiments with real ML applications to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of the work.

    Entry requirements

    We are looking for a highly competent candidate to submit PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates are expected to have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence).  They should demonstrate strong research skills and be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence and subject knowledge.

    Contact details  For informal enquiries, email Professor Hong Zhu at hzhu@brookes.ac.uk .

    How to apply

    Please apply directly to the university at: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/how-to-apply/applying-direct/ quoting ‘Analysing and Testing of AI Applications’ in the title.