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PhD Studentships in Detection Methods for Humanitarian Demining

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st May 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019

Anticipated start date for project:

The project can start as soon as possible depending on admissions cycles and the availability of the most suitable candidates.

This is a unique opportunity to undertake research to improve detector systems for humanitarian demining as part of a major research programme. The team at Manchester are amongst international leaders in research on electromagnetic (EM) inspection systems and have applied this research over a range of industrial, non-destructive testing, medical and security applications.

The research is funded by the Find a Better Way charity (, which was founded by Sir Bobby Charlton, and aims towards more effective and affordable hand-held mine detectors for use by indigenous humanitarian deminers. This is conducted through the SEMIS programme – “Scanning Electromagnetic Inspection System”. The ability to discriminate against metallic clutter without losing the ability to detect minimum metal landmines, whilst still conforming to the established UN standard operating procedures for landmine clearance is paramount. The fundamental problem is that landmines can be found in such a wide variety of conditions that it is unlikely that one single technique can be used to provide an adequate performance; hence a dual or even tri-sensor solution that exploits different principles is a route to take, see

Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive:

We now wish to recruit a PhD student to work within the SEMIS programme, with the PhD student focussing on a particular research issue and working alongside a team of experienced engineers and researchers. The PhD will be supported with a scholarship of £8k p.a. to be used towards the payment of fees and/or living expenses and help may be given to assist strong candidates to find additional sources of support.

Topic 1:

  • Microwave Radiometry and complementary detection techniques

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and self-motivated whilst also meeting the academic requirements for enrolment for a doctorate at the University of Manchester. Of importance is a UK 1st class or high 2i undergraduate honours degree (or UK equivalent) in engineering, physics, mathematics or a related subject, strong mathematical ability and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Applications would be particularly welcomed from candidates from mine affected countries

Contact for further information:

For further information contact:  Prof A Peyton -

How to apply:

In the first instance, please send a CV and 1 page accompanying statement to Ms Marie Davies, Postgraduate (Research) Admissions, email:

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