Friday, November 22, 2013

More PhD opportunities: data science and pervasive parallelism

Another advertisement...

My department has been awarded two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in the areas of:

  • Data Science (machine learning, databases, algorithms and big data, and applications
  • Pervasive Parallelism (architecture, parallel programming, agent-based systems, verification, concurrency, distribution)
Applications are now being accepted for 10 PhD students in each area starting in September 2014.

These PhD programs are structured as 1 year of taught classes leading to a MSc, followed by a 3-year PhD project.  Thus, they are suitable for well-prepared students with a strong undergraduate degree.  Students already holding a MSc degree can potentially proceed directly to the PhD program.  Both programs have numerous industry partners and offer many opportunities for career development for students interested in either an academic or industry career, including support from Edinburgh's commercialization team (the strongest in the UK measured in terms of number of startup companies).

Available funding covers fees for UK or EU students plus a stipend of approximately £13,700/year for living expenses.  Well-qualified applicants of other nationalities are welcome and can be considered for fully-funded positions, but are encouraged to investigate supplementary funding sources that would cover the difference in fees.

There are two deadlines for applications: for full consideration apply by 27 January 2014. (Any non-EU candidates must apply by this date, and also make a separate application for a Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship). Any remaining scholarships will be awarded after the second round deadline of 31 March 2014.

Application information is here:

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