PhD Position in Computer Science

Newcastle University is offering a PhD scholarship in Computer Science. Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled. 

We are looking for a person with a strong computer science/mathematics background and with a keen interest in developing and applying formal computational techniques to complex settings in both biology and embedded systems. You should have an excellent first degree in, for example, computer science, mathematics, physics, or electrical engineering. Knowledge of biology is not a prerequisite, and may be acquired under the project investigators’ supervision.

Synthetic biology aims at building new organisms that perform specific tasks (e.g., synthetic bacteria for wastewater treatment). Cyber-physical systems are ubiquitous, and they will soon take active roles in our society (e.g., autonomous cars). How do we make sure that these organisms and systems are safe and operate as expected? Such questions are addressed by formal verification techniques, which aim at proving mathematically that a system model meets its design requirements.

In this project we will investigate a new, high-precision verification approach that combines decision procedures and numerical computation. We will apply these techniques to verify designs of synthetic bacteria being developed at Newcastle University, and of autonomous underwater vehicles. This studentship provides a unique opportunity to perform interdisciplinary research of the highest calibre and potential real-world impact. The successful applicant will join the 50-strong Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group, which conducts world-leading research in computational approaches for complex systems.

This award is available to UK/EU and International candidates.

A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £ 14,000.

International students will be required to pay the difference between UK/EU and International fee rates.

How to apply?
You must apply through the University ’s online postgraduate application form.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required). However, you will need to include the following information: - select PhD Computer Science - Computing Science as the programme of study - insert the studentship code CS046 in the studentship/partnership reference field - attach a covering letter and CV.

The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CS046 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project - attach a copy of your English language qualifications (if English is not your first language).

Please also send your covering letter and CV to Dr P Zuliani.

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