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ScotDIST: The Scottish Data-Intensive Science Triangle

PhD Opportunities

Applying for PhDs with ScotDIST

Announcement of Opportunity

4-year PhD studentship in data-intensive science in astronomy and solar physics, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Deadline: Nov 14th 2018, for a January 27th 2019 start.

A call is open for applications for a 4-year PhD position at the University of St Andrews. 

The successful candidate will be based at either the Astronomy group in the School of Physics & Astronomy, or at the Solar & Magnetospheric Theory group in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

The research project will have a strong data-intensive science component, and the PhD programme includes taught modules in data science & statistics, in addition to specific-knowledge modules. The programme also includes a 6-month placement in industry, working in data-science, to be taken usually in the 2nd or 3rd year of the programme of study.

The student will be part of the ScotDIST centre for doctoral training. The student will also be part of SUPA, and its graduate school.

EU and UK nationals with a good Masters degree in science, mathematics or computer science are eligible. The studentship covers all tuition fees, and a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate, which for this year is £14,777 pa. 

The deadline for applications is November 14th, with Skype interviews happening shortly after. Applications received after the deadline will be considered until the post is filled, but the successful candidate will be required to have relocated to St Andrews by January 27th 2019.

To apply, please complete the university application form linked here and please also send an email noting your application to Rita Tojeiro ( (School of Physics & Astronomy) and Alan Hood ( (School of Mathematics & Statistics).

Informal enquiries to the email addresses above also welcome.

Intake 2018

Recruitment of PhD students for the 2018 intake is now over. We hope to be able to offer more studentships in 2019.


You can apply for PhDs with ScotDIST directly through the member university departments.  Each has a certain number of data-intensive projects that are designated as part of ScotDIST.

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