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Fully Funded PhD Scholarship to Develop New Methods in Topological Data Analysis


Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Project Supervisors:
Supervisor 1: Pawel Dlotko
Supervisor 2: Jeffrey Giansiracusa

Project description:
As part of the major new Oxford-Swansea-Liverpool Centre for Topological Data Analysis (funded by EPSRC grant EP/R018472/1), we are looking for a PhD student to join the Swansea team in investigating applications of topology to data science and physics.

Our interdisciplinary team will consist of:
Dr Pawel Dlotko - an expert in applied and computational topology and data analysis.
Dr Jeffrey Giansiracusa - an expert in topology and tropical algebraic geometry.
Professor Biagio Lucini - an expert in computational physics and quantum theory.
A postdoc with research interests in topological data analysis.
Multiple PhD students

In this project the student will develop new computational and theoretical and computational methods in topological data analysis with the goal of providing new methods for identifying phase transitions in complex physical systems. We will be working with large geometric data sets produced in supercomputer simulations. The student will use topological data analysis methods such as persistent homology, alongside statistical learning techniques, to search for topological signatures of phase transitions in these systems.

The successful applicant will also be a part of the Swansea Science Doctoral Training Centre, having access to an extensive array of training and networking opportunities, and will work alongside cohorts of PhD students in EPSRC and UKRI-funded CDTs in data science and AI. The work will take place in the state-of-the-art facilities of the £31M Computational Foundry.

Eligibility
Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent or a Masters degree, in a relevant discipline. Some experience in computer coding (e.g. Python, Matlab, Java) is desirable.

This scholarship is open to UK and EU applicants only.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests.

Funding Notes

This is a three-year fully funded Swansea University scholarship, which covers UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend (£14,999 for 2019/2020 full-time students, updated each year). Additional funding is available to cover costs such as research consumables, training, conferences and travel.

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