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PhD studentship in Database Systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

One fully funded PhD position to work with Dr Milos Nikolic in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, in the area of Database Systems.


The PhD research will focus on building data management systems with rich analytics, including learning over relational datasets and analysing large-scale fast data streams. The position is an opportunity to combine cutting-edge research at the intersection of databases and machine learning.

Candidate’s Profile

Project specific skills: databases, distributed data management systems, machine learning. Previous coursework or experience (e.g., thesis) in one of these areas is necessary.
Programming skills: proficiency in C/C++, Java, Scala, and/or similar languages
A good Bachelors degree (2.1 or above or international equivalent) or Masters degree in a relevant subject (computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related subject)
Proficiency in English (both oral and written)
Prior research experience in the domain of databases is highly desirable.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and apply for the following programme: Informatics: LFCS: Theory and Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software and Systems Modelling with a start date of 01 May 2020.
Applicants should state “PhD in Database Systems” and the research supervisor (Dr Milos Nikolic) in their application and Research Proposal document.
Applications should be submitted by 10 March 2020, after that date applications will be considered until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is 01 May 2020 but later start dates can be considered.
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 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.

Funding Notes

The studentship starting in 2019/20 covers:
Full time PhD tuition fees for a student with UK/EU nationality (£4,327 per annum, subject to annual increment).
A tax-free stipend of GBP £15,009 per year for 3 years.
Additional programme costs of £1000 per year.

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How good is research at University of Edinburgh in Computer Science and Informatics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 94.85

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