PhD Studentship in Engineering and Applied Science, UK

Publish Date: Aug 20, 2016

Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Contract Type - Fixed Term (3 years)
Basis - Full Time
Closing Date - Wednesday 31 August 2016

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate Research studentship, to be undertaken within the Mathematics & Computer Science Research Groups at Aston University.

The studentship is offered specifically to develop an automated time tabling software system for Aston University, and offers a fantastic opportunity to obtain a PhD while developing a substantial software system with the support of academic mentors with experience in both optimisation algorithms and robust software design.

The position is available to start in September/October 2016 subject to negotiation

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,296 for the 2016/17 academic year.

Overseas Applicants

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and ‘Overseas’ tuition fees; currently this is estimated to be £11,729 in the 2016/17 academic year.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

The goal of this project is to develop a software system that can automatically generate optimised University time tables. It will need to be able to automatically import information from various sources/software systems currently used by Aston University, to be able to deal with all current requirements and to have the flexibility to add new requirements when they occur. Finally, it should have a user interface that has all the functionality that the time tabling officers require, and that can be operated by the non-expert user.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics based subject, involving Computing and some Mathematics. Strong coding skills and experience in an appropriate object oriented language (C++, C#, or Java preferred), are essential to this role. It would also be advantageous to have experience in the presentation of complex analyses to untrained users, software version control systems, knowledge of object-oriented design and implementation, along with an understanding of the full software development and product lifecycle.

An understanding of algorithm design (although the core algorithm will be provided), and good inter-personal skills to work within Aston University and liaise with academics, students and administrative staff, are highly desirable.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and collaborative atmosphere.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Mathematics & Computer Science Research Groups, contact Prof I.T. Nabney by email

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications should be accompanied by a brief overview of relevant research literature.

Closing Date: 31 August 2016

Interviews planned for: September 2016

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