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. Read more Read less

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.

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Sep 2021
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberCDS017

Entry requirements

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


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

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How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form. Please quote the following title and reference number: PhD in "Multistatic SAR Remote Sensing" with the reference number CDS017. In addition to the application form, please attach a covering or motivational letter as well as a CV.

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