Your PhD research journey starts here...

Welcome to the Distributed Algorithms CDT! Please browse this page to discover our current PhD projects, eligibility and application information.

Want to start a PhD and a career with industry?

Interested in AI, data science and machine learning? Want to start your research career with a successful research group and gain highly sought after industrial skills and experience at the same time?

Our CDT is looking for ambitious individuals to apply for fully funded PhD studentships and who can start no later than 1 December 2022. Curent projects open for applications are: -

1. Machine Learning of Behavioural Models for Improved Multi-Sensor Fusion (co-funded by Leonardo UK)

2. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve the tracking of vessels in sonar spectrograms (co-funded by Ultra)

3. Multi-fidelity AI for Accelerated Chemical Discovery (ICASE PhD co-funded by IBM Research UK)

4. Large-scale Scientific Machine Learning for the Engery Sector (co-funded by RocketML)

The current application deadline is 30 September 2022 and may close early given the number of applications we receive.

Who do we want?

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment in which diverse students can thrive. The CDT particularly encourages applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the sector.  We can also consider part time PhD students.

  • Diverse group of talented individuals from a various backgrounds.
  • People with either an UG or MSc in a numerate subject.
  • People with ambition and interest in making a difference.

Why Choose the Distributed Algorithms CDT?

  • Fully Funded PhD studentships (for both home and international students).
  • Generous monthly tax free payment of £1,472 (stipend rates).
  • Annual training grant for conferences, travel, books, etc.
  • PhD projects co-defined and co-supervised with a project partner.
  • Placements in year 3.
  • Longer-term employment potential.
  • Inclusive and supportive cohort environment.
  • Technical, professional and personal training and development.
  • Access to state-of-the-art high-performance computing.

CDT Application Instructions

To ensure the CDT receives your application and it is assessed with the other applications you must:

  • Select 'Electrical Engineering and Electronics PhD' for the programme of study on the University's application form (see point 1 on the CDT application instructions).
  • Send your ranked list of the top 3 preferred projects at the end of your supporting statement (see point 5 on the CDT application instructions).

Please follow all of the guidance on the CDT application instructions V4 to ensure your application is received and processed by the CDT.  Any deviation from the guidance may result in your application not being processed and deferred to the next round of recruitment.

Why did one of our current student apply?

This PhD project gives an excellent opportunity to do some research, work with an industrial partner and learn how to expand the theory and at the same time, apply it to a specific problem. 

Current student

Want to speak with someone about the CDT to make sure it's right for you?

Contact the project supervisor (noted on the project advert) email one of our student ambassadors or get in touch with the CDT director or centre staff for more help and guidance.  You can find our details on the contact us page.

The DA CDT process was the best application process I undertook. Inclusive of the many job applications I completed during my undergraduate. 

CDT applicant

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