PhD opportunities in Aston University, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Birmigham, UK (opportunities and other facts)

The School offers a rich academic environment for the training of post-graduate students. For more info about the research topics I offer please visit this page about the research topics I would be interested to work with you.

1. Funding offered (NEW: date published 15 January 2016 to start in Summer/Autum 2016) [follow this link to get specific info on how to apply]: Funding is offered to a student  with excellent records who is also UK national or a citizen (and resident) of an EU country. For this PhD studentship, we encourage the proposal of PhD projects in the following areas:

- Software Engineering for collectively-aware systems
- Models@run.time applied in self-adaptive systems (over platforms such as IoT, Cloud Computing,etc )
- The role of requirements-awareness to support Self-adaptive, Autonomous Systems. 
- Synergies and Applications of bio-inspired algorithms and nature-inspired techniques and Software Engineering to develop SEAS

- We also welcome other related topics as the list of areas is not limited.

Possible Application Areas: Industrial internet of things, Cyber-physical systems, Cloud computing, Mobile computing, Autonomous robotics, Service-oriented systems, Dynamic Product Lines, Dependable computing, Smart user interfaces.

Note: The student will be under my supervision.The studentship covers the PhD fees for 3 years (EU citizens, non-EU citizens would need to pay the difference more info about the fees difference between EU/UK and overseas fees here ) and offer a good stipend per year.  The studentship is intended for an April 2016/ July 2016 start. For details of how to apply, including appplication deadlines, email me. Start Date- Spring 2016.

Summary of Financial Support
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the Home/EU tuition fee rate plus a maintenance allowance of 14,057 in 2015/16. In addition to these we are also offering two fully funded Overseas positions which will cover the Overseas tuition fee rate plus a maintenance allowance of 14,057 which will be awarded to exceptional candidates on a competitive basis.
Applicants from outside the EU who are not awarded the studentship will still be eligible for partial funding, and will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, for the 2015/16 academic year this will be 11,448.

English Language Entry Requirements
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), or 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet based test) IELTS:   6.5 (6.0 in each test) or having studied in English at university.
General requirements can be found here.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.  Success is at least as dependent on the candidate's attitude to research and her/his intellectual staying power as it is on their skills.

More info about the research topics can be found in my webpage and list of publications. Check also our research areas.

If you think you meet the criteria  send a short 2 page CV to me.

2. Looking for a PhD or have your own idea?

I am happy for students to make informal enquiries about studying for a PhD under my supervision If you have a project idea of your own, then please send a two page outline of your research proposal (including background, hypothesis, aims,  experimental approach, training needs, reference list) plus a short 2 page CV to me.
See English Language and General Entry Requirements in 1. above.

3. You have PhD funding and are looking for a host laboratory

I welcome students who have already obtained funding (e.g., scholarship, grant awards) and whose interests fit our core research themes. Students may make enquiries as above.

Visiting students

Some students may wish to visit our laboratory for a period to learn research methods, and develop their international connections. I host visiting students as part of their formal PhD training. The minimum duration of a visit is typically six months, although one year visits are more common.

Prospective students should also visit the  School web pages for further information. 


Updated 14/09/2015