PhD Studentship: Research Group – Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems

University of Kent - School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts conducts high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact with the spread of our expertise allowing us to respond rapidly to new developments. There is a flourishing student population studying for postgraduate research degrees in a supportive teaching and research environment. We are well equipped with a wide range of laboratory and computing facilities.

Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship in any relevant areas of the Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems (ICES) Research Group. The ICES group comprises a diverse team of academics working in three complementary research themes - instrumentation, control and embedded systems. The group, working with a range of industrial organisations and international collaborators, has made considerable contributions to solving challenging scientific and technological problems, through both theoretical and applied research programmes funded by the UK Government and EU research programmes. The group works closely with partners in the power, healthcare, transport and manufacturing industries. It has also collaborated with other groups within the School in research areas in communications, health engineering, and intelligent interactions. The ICES group has established long-term collaborations with research teams in Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Mexico and the UK. Collaborations through joint projects, studentships and consultancy work are a key feature of our research activities. Our research has made significant impact in the power, healthcare, transport and manufacturing industries. Interested students are invited to look at the list of current projects (  Alternatively, you may wish to suggest an appropriate self-selected PhD topic and consult a prospective supervisor in the ICES group for further discussion.

More information can be found on our website at

We are looking for an excellent student with a good Honours degree (First or 2i) and, preferably, a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in electronic engineering, physical sciences or related disciplines. Experience in sensors, instrumentation, control and embedded systems is advantageous. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential and will be expected to undertake some teaching commensurate with his/her experience.

Funding Details:  Funding is available at the current home fee rate of £4,195.00 together with a maintenance grant of £14,553.00 (2017/2018 rate). 

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Start date:  September 2018

Eligibility: Open to UK/EU and Overseas applicants.

Enquiries:  Any enquiries relating to the project should be directed to Professor Yong Yan (

Application:  Apply for a PhD online at and specify the research topic.

Deadline: 21 January2018

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