Friday, March 18, 2016

[DMANET] 5 PhD Positions in Computer Science, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London

Funded PhD Studentships, Department of Computer Science, Royal
Holloway, University of London, UK.

Applications are invited for funded PhD studentships in the Department
of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, starting on 19th of September
2016. We particularly welcome female applicants as they are
under-represented among our PhD student population.

Some of the studentships have an open topic as long as this is related
to the interests of one of the Department's research groups:
Algorithms and Applications, including complexity theory;
Bioinformatics; Computer Learning; Distributed and Global Computing,
including distributed algorithms; and Software Language Engineering.

These studentships are for three years and include a stipend of circa
£16,000 per year plus a Home/EU fee waiver. Applicants are expected to
have obtained a first-class degree in Computer Science or a cognate
discipline, and must obtain the support of a potential supervisor in
the Department prior to submitting an applications. Initial contact
with supervisors should be made at least two weeks prior to the
closing date for applications.

Closing date for open topic applications: 10th of April 2016.

To apply, please use our on-line system

to submit the following items:

(1) a research topic/area and the name of a potential supervisor;

(2) a covering letter describing your reasons for wishing to pursue a
PhD in the proposed area, incuding why you think that you are
qualified to do research in that area;

(3) a research proposal where you expand on your research topic: why
the topic is important, what is the state of the art in the area, and
what are the research contributions that you would like to make beyond
the state of the art -- this does not need to be too long but it
should contain enough information for us to make a judgement on the
viability of carrying out such a research project in the Department;

(4) a current CV;

(5) any documents proving your actual or expected degree
classifications, as well as results of any previous University

(6) two academic references.

The Department is also advertising for the following three
topic-specific PhD positions funded by the Leverhulme Magna-Carta
Doctoral Training Centre:

A. Market Manipulation and High Frequency Trading in Cryptocurrencies
and other Electronic Markets. Contact: Prof Volodya Vovk
( The ideal candidate should have a strong interest
in financial markets, be very mathematically oriented, and willing to
work with large datasets. An MSc (expected by Sept. 2016) in either
Econometrics, Statistics, or Machine learning together with knowledge
of either Matlab, R or Python is required. Closing date: 15 April

B. Casualties of War: Boosting Accuracy of Conflict Analysis via
Economics Modeling and Data Mining. Contact: Drs Gregory Chockler
( or Zhiyuan Luo (
We are looking for a student with strong interest in economics and
openness to working with big data and learning computer science
methods or a person with a strong interest in computer science and
openness to learning and integrating economic theory into their work.
Closing date: 5 April 2016.

C. Observing the Observers: Network Transparency in a Connected World.
Contact: Prof Kostas Stathis ( Applicants
should have a first or upper-second class honours degree or an MSc in
Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline and
excellent understanding of computational logic together with software
development skills in Prolog and/or Java. Among desirable skills are
experience with agent architectures, agent protocols, the
formalisation of legal rules as well as the application of computers
in the domain of the law. Closing date: 15 April 2016.

Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible using the
University's online application system:

to submit the following items:

(1) a brief covering letter that describes your reasons for wishing to
pursue a PhD in the proposed area;

(2) a copy of your CV, including your actual or expected degree
class(es), and results of all University examinations;

3) two academic references.

The Department is one of the UK's leading centres for research into
Computer Science. In the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF
2014), we rank 11th in the UK for the quality of our research output.
We offer a very vibrant research culture that includes
interdisciplinary links with several other departments. Our research
is strongly supported by external funding from various sources,
including companies.

Royal Holloway was ranked 129th in the world and 19th overall in the
UK in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
2015/16. We are situated in a beautiful campus in Egham, Surrey,
ranked alongside Oxford and Cambridge as one of the twelve most
beautiful universities in the world. We are both close to Central
London and 10 minutes by taxi from Heathrow Airport.

For information about the Department of Computer Science at Royal
Holloway, visit our web-site in

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