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Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI)


   School of Computing & Communications

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About the Project

A fully funded PhD studentship including fees and enhanced stipend is available for candidates to join the BT partnershipNG-CDIin the School of Computing & Communications at Lancaster University.

Start Date: October 2021 onwards (also with potential to start in Jan, Apr ’22)

Deadline for applications: 12th December 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Academic Requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

NG-CDI is an exciting five-year EPSRC & BT-funded Prosperity Partnership that is developing the next generation converged digital infrastructure for the UK, delivering a radically new data-driven architecture for the autonomous operation of future telecommunications infrastructure. The consortium brings together leading research groups from the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge, Bristol and Surrey working alongside BT, one of the world's leading communications service providers. This is a unique opportunity for students to join a major research partnership and take advantage of this vibrant collaborative research environment.

The topics for the PhD could include:

  • Orchestration of network services via an intent-based approach
  • Use of P4 to support enhanced delivery of network services
  • Exploration of a network-DevOps approach to service deployment with unikernels

About You

You will have a 1st or 2:1 (Hons) degree in Computer Science (or related field), or a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline or equivalent specialist experience. You need to have a genuine interest, and ideally experience, in computer networking and should be able to demonstrate strong computer programming skills. Evidence of research skills, for example, through a significant Bachelors/Masters project involving experimental research, appropriate use of the literature and a formal dissertation-style report will be considered a plus.

Application Process and Next Steps

General enquiries are welcomed by by Professor Nick Race at [Email Address Removed].


Funding Notes

This PhD studentship covers UK university tuition fees for 3.5 years, a tax-free enhanced maintenance grant of up to £17,000 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences. Studentships are open to international students, from the EU and overseas, provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees.
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