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BIDA PhD Studentship call

Posted: Friday, 5 August 2016 19:15

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship in Data Analytics, with an emphasis on Online Social Networks Analysis, starting in the Academic year 2016-17.

The Phd Scholarship is fully funded, covering fees at Home/EU rate, plus an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £16,296).

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Alessandro Provetti whom applicants may contact for further information.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2016.

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship in Data Analytics, with an emphasis on Online Social Networks Analysis, starting in the Academic year 2016-17.

The Phd Scholarship is fully funded, covering fees at Home/EU rate, plus an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £16,296).

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Alessandro Provetti whom applicants may contact for further information.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2016.

Research Area

A fully-funded PhD studentship (at the EU/home fees level and maintenance grant) associated with the recently-established Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics (BIDA). Its mission is to create and develop leading-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the emerging field of data analytics.

The new BIDA institute develops research as a multi-dimensional discipline combining statistics, computing, operational research and domain-specific knowledge. Data Analytics is used as a generic descriptor that is applied to many different fields, including predictive analytics, risk analytics, behavioural analytics, visual analytics and infographics.

This convergence of data from different fields not only develops whole new areas of expertise but also enables identification of meaningful patterns in data,
extracts greater value from data, and helps gain new insights that lead to new knowledge and impact. For possibly the first time, data from computing and pervasive technologies, statistics, finance, business, biology, physics, medicine, healthcare, education, transport, politics, geography, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, social networks, social science, law and humanities can be combined to offer entirely new research horizons and the generation of new technologies and techniques. Applicants should prepare and submit their own brief research proposal, positioning their interests and research goals into the above area.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 degree in computing, or in a branch of science or engineering with strong numerical ability and programming skills. Candidates should submit a research proposal/statement related to the research area described above and attend an interview either in person or online. Please note that in order to apply for the Research Studentship, prospective students must also complete an application for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (either before or at the same time as applying for funding). Application, detailed CV, transcripts of previous studies, and research proposal/statement should be submitted online through the web page.

About the Environment

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is a world-class centre of expertise in information and knowledge management, intelligent systems and data analysis. The Department also has major interdisciplinary activities in life sciences informatics, data analytics and technology-enhanced learning. In the REF 2014, almost all of the Department's research activity was judged as being of international significance. For research outputs specifically, 32% were judged as being world-leading, 45% as internationally excellent and 16% as internationally recognised.

For further information about the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, please visit the departmental website.

For information about the Department research activities, please visit http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/research/research-groups/.