PhD / MEngSc Scholarship in the Area of Geospatial Applications of Wireless Sensors [Ireland]

Applications are invited for a Masters/PhD studentship inthe area of wireless sensor networks for collection of real time data for use in geospatial applications. This area of research, led by Dr. Ronan Farrell, will be undertaken in close collaboration with the national StratAG ( research consortium on advanced geotechnologies. The focus of this consortium is the application of geotechnology to more real time data and environments. The objective of this project is to provide the sensing and communications technologies to deliver this real time information.

Wireless sensor networks have been used widely for a number of years but there uses have been constrained to being either short range or low data rates. In this application it is necessary to look at applications where we may be dealing with wide areas (for example the coastline of the island of Ireland,or covering an entire city) and where we may have high bandwidth requirements(streaming video or high resolution still images). The objective is to explore architectures that will utilise existing GSM/UMTS mobile phone networks in such a manner as to facilitate efficient wide area communications. This will involve the exploration of communication networks and architectures,distributed processing and load optimisation.

Interested candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a cognate discipline. Applicants who hold research masters in a relevant area are particularly welcomed. Thiswork is inherently multidisciplinary and the successful applicant will need to collaborate with computer scientists, engineers and geographers. Excellence in communications and wireless technologies would be highly valued as would an open attitude to collaboration outside of one’s comfort zone.

Successful candidates will join a large multi-disciplinary team and be initially enrolled on a full-time Masters of Engineering Science, with a review after 18 months for progression to a PhD programme. The studentship willcomprise of fees and an annual stipend of 16,000 Euros (index linked). The position is available immediately though, upon agreement, the start date may be postponed to January 2009.

Applicants should supply by email a detailed CV including a detailed discussion of their latest work, two references and a complete list of publications. Please include GEO2009 in the subject of your email. Applicants from outside of the EU are welcome to apply forall positions, however please state clearly your visa requirements in your initial emails. Non-EU candidates may have to pay additional fees. Please list your citizenship in your email subject.

For all queries please contact:

Dr. Ronan Farrell
Institute Director
E: imws[ at ]
P: +353-1-7086197