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Durham University

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation


EPSRC PhD studentships:

Applications are invited for a 3.5 year fully funded PhD research studentship in the development of novel hyperspectral instrumentation to work with Dr. Cyril Bourgenot in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The project is associated with an EPSRC UKRI Innovation fellowship and will cover the fields of Remote sensing, Hyperspectral imaging, Spectroscopy, Precision agriculture, optics, data processing. The aim of this doctoral research is to design and develop a novel hyperspectral imager using freeform gratings manufactured at Durham University Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, with the objective to measure the moisture content in bare soils and crops. Based on previous research and the group heritage in spectroscopy, the PhD candidate will investigate and evaluate effective algorithms to extract the moisture spectral signature in a range of UK soils and will participate in the design and validation of an airborne demonstrator.

The start date is October 1st 2019. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Cyril Bourgenot ( Please submit applications electronically via the Durham University, Department of Physics website