Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship (5 posts)

3 year, full-time postgraduate studentship:

£14,100 per annum (with all Home/EU PhD fees paid)

Ref:  BCLRH 

The studentship 

These studentships are funded by the School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Derby and provide an opportunity for five graduates to undertake a 3-year programme of research leading to the award of PhD, in a subject related to one of the following themes in the respective research centre: 

Distributed and Intelligent Systems Research Centre:

  • Scalable machine learning for Big Data
  • Data provenance
  • Cloud Computing
  • Augmented reality
  • Security/trust/privacy
  • Security of ad-hoc and mobile networks
  • Ubiquitous and pervasive computing
  • Artificial Intelligence for computer games 

Centre for Analytics and Mathematical Applications

  • Graph Theory
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Theory and application of linear recurrence sequences/iterated generating functions/special integer sequences
  • Optimisation
  • Big Data analytics 

The PhD will be supervised by a Director of Studies and a Second Supervisor, appointed from either the Distributed and Intelligent Systems (DISYS) Research Centre or the Centre for Analytics and Mathematical Applications (CAMA) as appropriate, and will be undertaken on a full-time basis over three years. 

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU level, and will pay a bursary of £14,100 per annum (p.a.). for three years. There is also – subject to satisfactory progress – an extra £1,000 p.a. for professional development purposes. Fees for International (non-EU) Students will not be met by the Studentship. Non-EU students would be responsible for paying top-up fees to the relevant level. 

If appointed, and as part of your professional development, you may be asked to teach and/or demonstrate lab sessions for up to 6 hours per week. 

To apply 

Please see Personal Specifications for the requirements for this post. 

Applications must be made using RD02 form (MPhil/PhD by Thesis Application Form) which can be found in the link below.  Please quote Ref: BCLRH when applying. 

Please forward your application to: Sue Henson ( via the Apply button below. 

The RD02 form asks for a research proposal in section 8(e). Please use this space to clearly describe what your intended research plan is. The research proposal should be no more than 2-3 pages long and provide a state-of-the-art review on the specifics of the proposed research study, a list of aims and objectives, a section detailing the proposed methodology, a justification and a motivation for undertaking the proposed study, a referencing list and finally, a time plan of the research activity tasks. 

For more information on how to apply and for all the relevant documentation (including the application form and the list of the documents to submit with the application) please go to 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Richard Hill, Email: 

Closing date for applications: Monday, 19th August, 2013

Interviews: Week commencing 9th September, 2013 

Please note that if you have not heard anything from us by the interview date, you should assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful. 

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