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PhD Studentship: Multistatic SAR Remote Sensing

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Shrivenham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Funding: Sponsored by: Dstl, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees for three years.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th September 2020
Closes: 16th December 2020

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Start Date: Ongoing
Eligibility: UK, EU only.
Duration of award: 3 years
Location: Cranfield University at Shrivenham (CDS)

Funding: Sponsored by: Dstl, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees for three years.            

Aim: Fully funded PhD projects are being offered in support of Dstl Space Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance projects, which seek to drive game-changing novel science and technology in the area. Research will be undertaken in the area of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging, specifically to support an understanding of the performance and phenomenology likely to be achieved from swarms of SAR satellites, both at high and low frequencies. The students will join the Ground-Based SAR laboratory team and undertake both theoretical and experimental research within the areas of multistatic radar geometries for ground interferometry, foliage penetration and 3D image formation.


These projects relate to improving space-based all-weather day or night SAR remote sensing technologies. The advent of low cost SAR satellites allows the possibility of cooperative sensing satellite swarms for which new sensing modalities are possible.

Through both theoretical and experimental work at the Ground-based SAR laboratory, the phenomenology of multistatic SAR collections will be investigated, relating to polarimetric interferometry, Foliage-penetration and through-wall 3D imaging.

The research is expected to provide both practical and academic outputs, including publications in high-prestige scientific journals. The results will inform national research programmes through Dstl and also international collaborations with ESA

Entry requirements: Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a Physics, Mathematics or Engineering Sciences related discipline.

Funding requirements:

* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national.We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

How to apply:

CDS Admissions

01793 785220

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