Postgraduate Research

Research Studentships

Supporting Our Researchers

Postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

To help you fund your studies and achieve your career goals, we offer a range of scholarships and funded project-specific studentships across various disciplines, giving you the chance to get involved in some of the exciting research projects taking place at 澳门赛马会. We are also offering exciting opportunities through our doctoral training partnerships and centres, which bring together academic expertise and cutting-edge resources to help deliver innovative and transformative research.

Current Research Studentships

Agri-food and Artificial Intelligence (SUSTAIN)

PhD Studentships

UKRI AI Centre For Doctoral Training in Sustainable Understandable Agri-food Systems Transformed by Artificial Intelligence (SUSTAIN)

Applications are invited for fully-funded four-year PhD studentships to join the SUSTAIN doctoral training programme conducting research in the application of artificial intelligence to sustainable agri-food. There are 12 studentships available as part of the first cohort, starting in October 2024.

Successful students will study a four-year PhD at their chosen host institution (either the 澳门赛马会, University of Aberdeen, Queen’s University Belfast, or the University of Strathclyde), investigating a research area that links both an identified industry need and individual academic interests, helping to develop a new generation of AI systems across the food supply chain.

You can explore the projects available at .

Project Background

Bringing together the expertise and resources of four academic institutions, SUSTAIN spans the landscape of UK agriculture, critical AI research areas, and the national geography of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. It provides training in technical and social science aspects of AI, alongside training in plant, animal and/or biosciences, tailored to individual students’ needs and interests.

This is your chance to make a real difference by helping to address the challenges facing the global agri-food industry, through application and/or consideration of AI, climate change, population growth, political pressures affecting migration, and the demographics of an ageing population.

Associated Training

A cohort-based, integrated research training programme will take place throughout the four-year PhD, to include tailored training pathways in computation and data, animal science, agronomy, sustainable land management, and responsible innovation. SUSTAIN will deliver training in several formats, designed to meet the research development needs and learning styles of individual students. Students can also benefit from participation in the CDT’s annual summer schools and conferences.

How to Apply

Recruitment for October 2024 entry is now open, and applications close at midnight on 25 February 2024.

Full details on how to apply can be found at .


PhD Studentship

Investigation of structural reconstruction of metal-organic thin films under electrocatalytic conditions: catalyst or pre-catalyst?

Supervisory Team: , 澳门赛马会 

Applications are invited for outstanding candidates to join our 3-year PhD programme at the 澳门赛马会's School of Chemistry. Applicants are invited from motivated and enthusiastic candidates with undergraduate/Master's degree level studies in chemistry, ideally inorganic, material, organic or physical, who are interested in interdisciplinary and collaborative science. 

The PhD programme will have a focus on studying metal-organic framework (MOF)-based electrodes for energy related applications.

Candidates are expected to start their position on 1 April 2024, or as soon as possible after the intended date.

Project Background

The development of electrochemical technologies is attracting considerable interest due to their growing part in renewable energy conversion and the storage and decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Application of metal-organic frameworks in electrochemical systems is an emerging area because of the unique capabilities of these materials, including modularity, molecularly defined structure, and large number of accessible active sites. The concepts of MOFs in electrocatalysis are still underdeveloped, with open questions about their electrochemical stability and structural reconstruction under operation conditions.


To augment the fundamental understanding of how MOFs operate as electrocatalysts through a combination of ex-situ and in-situ techniques, with the findings guiding the design of the next generation of MOF electrocatalysts. 

The project will focus on:

  • Designing, synthesising, and characterisation of new linkers and metal-organic frameworks
  • Developing and optimising methods for integrating metal-organic frameworks into mesoporous electrodes and investigate their electrocatalytic properties
  • Developing in-situ spectroscopic tools to probe the electrode materials at molecular level. 

Person Specification and Requirements

Applicants will have an Honours or Master's degree in chemistry or relevant areas of research, with a background and interest in coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, and materials science. They will have excellent communication skills, the ability to conduct self-motivated and independent research, and preference will be given to students with hands-on research experience. 

About the School of Chemistry at 澳门赛马会

The School of Chemistry is located in the Joseph Banks Laboratories, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for material synthesis, characterisation, and catalyst testing. The School has heavily invested in infrastructure to support our Advanced Functional Materials research group and, in recent years, in the existing electrochemical infrastructure for both laboratory-based and in-situ characterisation. The School also has direct access to the newly opened ERDF co-funded research facility for advanced engineering materials, 'The Bridge', that houses state-of-the-art microscopes (SEM, TEM, AFM).


A tax-free stipend of ca. £18,622 p.a. for 3 years is provided, alongside the payment of all University fees for home students. Non-home students would be required to secure funding for the additional international fees, and should clarify this in their cover letter. 

How to Apply

Applications including a covering letter and CV should be directly sent to chemistry@lincoln.ac.uk with the subject title “Studentship 1AB-2CA-800028”.

For any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Souvik Roy at sroy@lincoln.ac.uk.

Health and Science

PhD Studentship

Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health

Supervisory Team: 

This PhD aims to firstly examine the presence, distribution, levels, types, and targeted impacts of microplastics within the human body. A second aim is to relate the findings to a mathematical modelling approach to predict the distribution of microplastics within the body.

It is already established that microplastics are present in many tissues within the body and our earlier work has produced datasets for human lung, blood, and urine. Previous studies have focused on specific tissue types, have used a variety of isolation and characterisation techniques, and this has resulted in a patchwork of datasets. This study will take a holistic approach and use three commonly adopted microplastic characterisation techniques available at the 澳门赛马会; micro-FTIR, Raman and SEM, to calibrate the findings. The techniques will allow polymer, size and shape characterisation which can inform the subsequent stage of biological effects investigation.

The second element involves mathematical modelling to explore the possibility of predicting microplastic particle fate within the body based on their properties and the size dimensions of the various transport systems within the body.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at 澳门赛马会 are part of the Doctoral College and College of Health and Science wider postgraduate community, which provides support with high quality training and career development opportunities.


A tax-free stipend of ca. £18,622 p.a. (in monthly instalments). The fees are £4,712.

Entry requirements for applicants to PhD

A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), and the potential to engage in innovative research, and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.

How to Apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Jeanette Rotchell, jrotchell@lincoln.ac.uk

Applications will require a two page CV and a 2000-word supporting statement, showing how the applicant's expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Mathematics and Physics

PhD Studentship

Implementation of GPU-accelerated simulations for real time propagated excited states and applications to organometallic photochemistry

Supervisors: Professor Matt Watkins, School of Mathematics and Physics, 澳门赛马会 and Dr Joshua Elliott & Dr Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Department of Physical Science, Diamond Light Source Ltd.

4-year Fully Funded PhD Studentship developing real-time time-dependent density functional theory simulations of photoactive organometallic compounds.

 is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.


Applications are welcome for a four-year funded PhD studentship jointly held at the School of Mathematics and Physics, 澳门赛马会 and the Spectroscopy Group at Diamond Light Source starting October 2023. The Studentship will focus on developing GPU parallelised routines for Real-Time Propagated Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory with the Open Source CP2K software and their application to Pump and Probe spectroscopy data collected at the I18 Microfocus beamline.


Understanding, on an atomic scale, how light-activated processes drive chemical reaction mechanisms, local geometric rearrangements and charge transfer reactions will be pivotal in engineering next-generation devices and overcoming our overreliance on carbon-positive technology. X-ray pump and probe spectroscopy is a critical tool for probing light-induced reaction mechanisms and photo-excited states. However, this type of experiment typically provides data of seldom observed chemical states and therefore, further analysis and characterisation can be highly challenging.

First-principles simulations can be focal in interpreting experimental spectroscopic data collected at Diamond Light Source. Real-Time Propagation Time-Dependent DFT has emerged as a powerful and viable means to investigate the time evolution of excited states subject to a time-dependent electromagnetic field.

Project Description

The studentship targets the acceleration of the RTP-TDDFT routines within the CP2K code through GPU parallelisation. RTP-TDDFT will be deployed to provide insight into the fundamental dynamical excited state properties of organo-transition metal complexes of particular interest to the facilities’ user communities. In addition, it will implement an automated framework for RTP-TDDFT simulations of more generalised materials across different High-Performance Computing facilities available to Diamond Light Source scientists and users.

Further Information

Diamond Light Source Ltd holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

How to Apply

We seek a highly motivated student interested in research software development and materials science to join our team. Interested applicants are asked to provide an up-to-date CV and a one to two page cover letter outlining their scientific background, expertise and research interests and the names ad contact details of two references to Joshua.elliott@diamond.ac.uk and MWatkins@lincoln.ac.uk. Informal enquiries are also encouraged.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Social Sciences

Funded PhD Opportunity - 澳门赛马会 and South and East Network for Social Sciences

Instigating compassionate and father-inclusive support for young men who are fathers: capturing and evaluating the Family Hubs and Start for Life Programme

Supervisor: (Lead PI) Professor Anna Tarrant; Co-Supervisor: Professor Suzanne Clisby.

The 澳门赛马会 and the South and East Network of Social Sciences is pleased to welcome applicants for a funded PhD opportunity.

Project Description

SENSS Theme: Justice, Institutions and Social Change

Located in the new Centre for Innovation in Fatherhood and Family Research at the 澳门赛马会, this doctoral studentship provides a unique opportunity to establish a state-of-the-art evidence base about how the Family Hubs are responding to a policy nudge towards increasing and improving support and engagement with fathers, as well as providing a timely and in-depth investigation into ‘what works’ and what does not work when instigating father inclusive services and policies. It is anticipated that such an evidence base can be mobilised nationally and by multi-agency professionals long into the future.

Using a combined ethnographic, qualitative longitudinal and participatory methodology, the proposed research will address four core questions that have been co-designed with the project partners to provide an overarching steer for the doctorial researcher, while also enabling the broad capture of: how father-inclusion is understood by young fathers and mobilised by professionals and commissioners; ‘what works’ in embedding father-inclusion; and the identification of constraints and barriers to father-inclusive service design and implementation.

Research Aims

The guiding research questions, which can be further refined in collaboration with the project partners, are:

1. How do service commissioners and Family Hub professionals staff define father-inclusion and how are they mobilising this in their work?

2. How and to what extent are these new services and their approaches benefitting young fathers and families?

3. What barriers and challenges are there in creating father-inclusive centres and practice offers in a family policy and welfare landscape where workloads, funding, and access to father-inclusive practice training are increasingly constrained?

4. What are the benefits and key challenges of initiating these supportive, father-inclusive, and client-centred models of intervention in the UK?

Research Environment

The researcher will benefit from two 1.5-month placements with our collaborative partners FutureMen, London, and the North East Dads and Lads, Gateshead. These placements will take place in the first year of the studentship but can be arranged flexibly with our partners.

How to Apply

To be considered for this SENSS studentship, you must first apply for a place to study at the 澳门赛马会, noting that you are applying for the collaborative studentship. Please visit our How to Apply pages for information on how to make your application.

You will also need to make a separate application to SENSS for this collaborative studentship. Please read the before completing our online application form

Application Deadline

The deadline for applying to 澳门赛马会 for a place is 23:59 GMT on Monday 4 March 2024.

The deadline for submitting your application for SENSS funding on HEIApply is 12pm GMT on 11 March 2023. No extensions to this deadline will be permitted.

澳门赛马会 Joins Social Sciences Partnership

The 澳门赛马会 has joined the South and East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) Doctoral Training Partnership with a number of other leading UK universities to help train the next generation of social scientists via a range of fully funded research studentships.

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Research Spotlight

New Centre for Doctoral Training

In collaboration with leading partner institutions, the 澳门赛马会 has secured 拢10.6m in funding to establish a transformative Centre for Doctoral Training to support innovative research in the application of Artificial Intelligence to sustainable agri-food. A range of fully funded studentships is now available.

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