UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the UK Intelligence Community for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Applications for 2019 round open on 21 January, and close on 1 April 2019.

One round of applications is held annually. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

Research Topics 2019 No.
Optimisation of the scalable partitioning of complex network graphs for processing 1
Effective markers for the detection of synthesised hazardous materials in waste products 2
Use of artificial intelligence to validate data and to automate correction of poor-quality data 3
Application of sensing networks for situational awareness and early detection of threats 4
Research into improved methods for trapped-ion magnetometer sensors, detection and reporting 5
Opportunities and risks in the application of machine and deep learning to security screening 6
Controllable and quantifiable methods for real-time explosive vapor generation 7
Modelling the effects of mechanical stress for batteries in wearable applications 8
Pathogen roles in complex diseases and unattributable infections, diagnosis and mitigation 9
Ultra-narrowband transceiver design for long range low power and low-profile communications 10
Characterization of physics and approximations in urban weather and atmospheric dispersion models 11
Mathematical intuition in neural discovery and understanding (MINDU) 12
Construction and evaluation of a compressive imaging system from a single indium gallium arsenide photo sensor 13
Quantum and optical sensors 14
Detecting needles in haystacks – how can quantum sensors help improve security screening 15

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship topic list 2019 (544.31 KB)

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community (IC Advisor). The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have up to four years postdoctoral experience. Each application for the Fellowships is capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a 2-year period. An optional third year of research may be funded.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across science and engineering.

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