PhD studentship in Computational Representations of Geometry

   School of Informatics

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  Dr Amir Vaxman  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The aim of this project is to develop novel computational representations of geometry for the purpose of analysis, design, and synthesis of shapes. Among other, we will explore neural representations, alternative finite elements, multi-resolution structures, and more. These representations will serve as frameworks for downstream applications such as medical imaging, physical simulations, and architectural design.

Candidate’s profile

  • A good Bachelors degree (2.1 or above or international equivalent) and/or Masters degree in a relevant subject (physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or related subject)
  • Proficiency in English (both oral and written)
  • Experience with geometry and/or graphics, either through an undergraduate/master project or a relevant line of courses.
  • Programming skills are required, where it’s likely that most work will be done on Python, MATLAB, and/or C++, but this is up to the student.
  • Knowledge or experience with research in geometry processing or geometric learning is highly desirable.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and apply for the following programme: with a start date of 01-Jan-2023 (home applicants) or 31-May-2023 (international/overseas applicants).

Applicants should state “Computational Representations of Geometry” and the research supervisor (Dr. Amir Vaxman) in their application and Research Proposal document. 

Complete applications submitted by 31 October 2022 will receive full consideration; after that date applications will be considered until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is 01-Jan-2023 (home applicants) or 01-May-2023 (international applicants). Please be advised that depending on the date an offer is made, later start dates might need to be considered for international applicants needing to complete immigration processes prior to commencing studies. 

Applicants must submit:

  • All degree transcripts and certificates (and certified translations if applicable)
  • Evidence of English Language capability (where applicable). 
  • A short research proposal (max 2 pages)
  • A full CV and cover letter describing your background, suitability for the PhD, and research interests (max 2 pages).
  • Two references (note that it the applicant’s responsibility to ensure reference letters are received before the deadline).

Only complete applications (i.e., those that are not missing the above documentation) will progress forward to Academic Selectors for further consideration. 


The Institute of Perception, Action, and Behaviour is located at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh, which provides a vibrant research environment and hosts several research institutes that are relevant to the research that the PhD student will be conducting.

The School of Informatics is one of the largest in Europe and currently, the top Informatics institute in the UK for research power, with 40% of its research outputs considered world-leading (top grade), and almost 50% considered top grade for societal impact. The University of Edinburgh is constantly ranked among the world’s top universities and is a highly international environment with several centres of excellence.

Computer Science (8) Mathematics (25) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Studentship and eligibility
The School funded studentship starting in the academic year 2022/23 covers:
• Full-time PhD tuition fees for a student with a Home fee status (£4,596 per annum) and/or overseas fee status (£28,000 per annum).
• A tax-free stipend of GBP £17,668 per year for 3.5 years.
• Additional programme costs of £1000 per year.

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