PhD Studentship in Large-Scale Data Mining

The School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham invites applications for a PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr. Jaume Bacardit in the context of large-scale data mining.

Bacardit and his colleagues have spent several years developing machine learning methods able to process vasts amounts of information by using a combination of smart algorithms and hardware advances such as GPGPUs. These methods have been successfully applied to a variety of real-world problems in bioinformatics and biological data mining and have won several prizes, international competitions and best paper awards.

The successful applicant will join Bacardit’s team within the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Systems (ICOS) research group. The mission of ICOS ( is to derive new knowledge and provide innovative solutions to problems arising in complex systems, both natural (e.g. in biology, chemistry, physics) and man-made (e.g. socio-technical organisations, infrastructure in healthcare, logistics). To accomplish its mission, the group leverages its interdisciplinary expertise in advanced information processing (e.g. image analysis, machine learning, data mining), process modelling (e.g. optimisation under uncertainty), and high-performance computation (e.g. distributed, cloud and GPU computing). ICOS currently has five academics, six research fellows and 13 PhD students.

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class honours degree (ideally a first class degree), or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.  Ideally, students should have a BSc or MSc degree in computer science. The specific topic of the studentship will be determined based on the applicant’s background and research preferences, within the context of large-scale data mining.

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The studentship provides full tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £13,590 per annum for 3.5 years for UK students only. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr J Bacardit, tel: 0115 846 7044 or Email: Web:

Applications, with a detailed CV, a research statement and the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to Ms D Pitchfork, School of Computer Science, The University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB.  Tel: 0115 846 6543.  Email:  Please state clearly Dr. Bacardit’s name in the application.

Please quote ref: SCI/1118.

Closing date: 31 December 2012

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