PhD Studentships: Statistical Modelling of Shape Data

Two PhD studentships are available to work in the above area starting in September/October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. These studentships will be supported by the School of Mathematical Sciences and are affiliated to an EPSRC grant entitled Statistical Analysis of Manifold-valued data which was awarded to Ian Dryden, Huiling Le, Simon Preston and Andrew Wood, and begins in October 2013. Each PhD student will have two supervisors, at least one of whom will be from the team working on the EPSRC project.

There are a number of PhD projects available including: Statistical Modeling of Cell Shape; High-Dimensional Molecular Shape Analysis; Analysis of Periodic Shape Data; and Comparison of 3-D Shape Curves. Projects will be allocated on the basis of student academic background, student preferences and availability.

For each studentship we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics or Statistics (in exceptional circumstances a 2(i) class degree can be considered), preferably at the MMath/MSc level. Candidates with a solid background in Probability and Statistics and good programming skills will have an advantage.

The PhD programme contains a training element. The exact nature of the training will be mutually agreed by the students and supervisors. The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a selection of taught modules suitable for PhD  training.

The studentships are available from September/October 2013 and provide an annual stipend at the standard EPSRC rate (currently £13,590 per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees. Students must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria. The studentship periods will depend on the training needs of the successful applicants.

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Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Andrew Wood, tel: 0115 951 4983, email:

To apply, please click the ‘Apply’ button below. Please ensure you quote ref: SCI/1292. Applications will be reviewed on Wednesday 10 July 2013, although later applications may be considered if a studentship is still available.

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