Deadline: 2017-12-01
Value of Scholarship: Not specified

2017 Exploring the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in gathering data on the fine scale movements of fish (MRes Scholarship)

Exploring the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in gathering data on the fine scale movements of fish (MRes Scholarship)

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This one year KESS 2 MRes studentship will focus on the development and integration of the acoustic and navigation system of the AUV, and will be based in the College of Physical and Applied Sciences at Bangor University, working within a multi-disciplinary team of electronic engineers, computer scientists and fish biologists together with the commercial partner, Tidal Lagoon Power.

The KESS 2 student will work to produce the following:

  • Agent-based software models for simulating the behaviour of coastal water fish species and for simulating the operation of the AUV for tracking tagged fish.
  • Software for the operation of the AUV.
  • Experimental results from field trials for testing the operation of the AUV.
  • The integration of the software developed in point 2 with the hardware platform upon which the system is to be built.

This is a fully funded one year, full time MRes studentship which will cover tuition fees with around £3k budget for equipment, travel and training opportunities.

This studentship is an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of autonomous systems and work within a multi-disciplinary team developing technology that will be used to answer questions that have been bugging ecologists for years.

To be eligible for a KESS 2 studentship, you must:

  • Have a home address in the Convergence Area (details below) at the time of registration.
  • Have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence Area on completion of the scholarship.
  • Be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
  • Satisfy Bangor University’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process.
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Qualifications and experience:
An undergraduate degree in Computer Science or related discipline with at least a 2:1 qualification, or equivalent.

Application Process:
To apply, please e-mail a CV and covering letter, in the first instance, to Jenny Whitmore: and Dr Bill Teahan: Please cc to Dr Penny Dowdney :

For any queries on eligibility, please contact the KESS 2 Team at Bangor on 01248382266 /

Closing date for applications: midnight 1st December 2017

Read more about the background of the project on this news article:

Funding Notes
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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