PhD in Security Screening (Fully Funded)

Nottingham Trent University

Supervisor(s): Distinguished Professor Paul Evans

Funding status: Competitive (worldwide students)

Application deadline: 5pm 30th Oct 2017

The Imaging Science Group at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has a fulltime, fully funded scholarship available in material specific imaging for security screening.

The successful candidate will be based at the NTU Clifton campus and will work in a multidisciplinary team, helping to develop new approaches to enhance aviation security systems. As a part of the research group, you will benefit from access to state of the art laboratory facilities at NTU and collaborating institutions; including government labs, industry and other research intensive universities.

The project aim is to develop detection principles and techniques that are applicable to a wide range of contraband including explosives/precursors, narcotics, alcohol, fruit, ivory, hardwoods. The work will also address the issue of identifying contraband within cluttered luggage or packages, without manual searches or handling the items. This exciting, multidisciplinary project would suit a highly motivated individual interested in any of the following areas: image analysis, material science, simulation and modelling, physics and engineering.

By being part of a highly experienced team, led by Professor Paul Evans, you will benefit from over 20 years of leading track record of innovation in the field of X-ray security imaging. The group’s achievements have been recognised by a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2016, which highlighted their world class research and industrial impact. This work has attracted around £5 million research funding from UK and US governments over recent years.

Entry requirements

This programme seeks candidates with a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject area (i.e. physics, maths, chemistry, forensics science, engineering, computing) or an equivalence in industry experience.


Applications can be accepted from UK/EU and also International students. The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is IELTS 6.5 (with no element to be below 6.0). For further details please contact the NTU Doctoral School.


For informal enquiries about the studentship, please contact Professor Paul Evans at

Application packs can be downloaded from:

Please return completed application forms, with copies of academic certificates and CV, to:

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm 30th Oct 2017. Application by CV only will not be accepted.

The studentship is expected to start in 2017.

Funding notes

The studentship will pay UK/EU tuition fees. It will also provide a maintenance stipend of approximately £14,553 per year for three years (the stipend is linked to the RCUK rate, starting in 2017).

Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but a successful candidate would be responsible for paying the difference between non-EU and UK/EU fees. Fees for 2017/18 are £12,900 for non-EU students and £4,195 for UK/EU students.

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