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Vacancies and Research Scholarships

Currently available vacancies:

  • PhD Studentship in Applied and Computational Mathematics

  • PhD in Crime Analysis and Predictive Policing

  • PhD Studentships - Project proposals accepted

  • PhD Studentship in Applied and Computational Mathematics

    A 3.5 years research studentship is available for a PhD study in the area of Elastic Analysis of Biogenic Cellular Structures under the supervision of
    Dr Angela Mihai at the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, starting in October 2015. Please enquire.

    PhD in Crime Analysis and Predictive Policing

    Technological innovations have revolutionised the process of scientific research and knowledge discovery. The aim of this EPSRC CASE project is to develop new algorithms, techniques and methods and apply them for crime modelling, prevention and reduction.
    Currently police is under pressure to do better crime prediction and prevention. This is why developing computer models to assign probabilities of crime in space and time and finding focal points for most effective use of police resources are very important scientific and practical problems. Application of such models will include

    • Neighbourhood policing.
    • Military intelligence and policing.
    • Possible emergency management and public health applications.

    This prestigious 3.5 year studentship is part of collaboration between the Cardiff School of Mathematics, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and Dyfed Powys Police. This PhD is ideal for a highly motivated student who is looking to apply their computational and analytical skills to questions within Data Mining and Industry Applications.

    The project is jointly supervised by an international team located Cardiff and Bristol (UK) and Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA. During the project, we will have joint meetings every three months in Cardiff University, in Dyfed Powys Police and in Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, to report on progress and current activities. The student will also spend at least four days every month at the Hewlett-Packard site and at Dyfed Powys Police to collaborate with researchers and detectives.


    PhD Funding:

    The project is jointly funded by Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Dyfed Powys Police and EPSRC CASE from Cardiff University. The full stipend is only open to UK and EU nationals that have been in the UK for three years, with other EU nationals only eligible for the tuition fee stipend.


    Candidate Requirements:

    Candidates should:

    • either have a first  honours degree in mathematics or computer science;
    • or have a Masters qualification with distinction in a relevant discipline.

    Ideally the candidate should have excellent mathematical and computing skills. Programming skills inPython, Java or C/C++. Optional: Matlab, Octave, R would also be an advantage.


    Contact Details:

    Please direct applications in the following format to the project lead, Prof Alexander Balinsky ( with the subject of the e-mail “PhD Application Cardiff-HP-Dyfed Powys Police”:

    • A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date.
    • Contact details for two academic or professional referees.
    • A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date.

    Any enquiries relating to the project and/or suitability should be directed to Prof Alexander Balinsky at the address above. Applications are invited up to and including 31 January 2015.

    Postgraduate Research Opportunities

    The School of Mathematics at Cardiff University invites applications
    for 3.5 year research studentships in any of the following areas:

    The studentships will be based at Cardiff University, in a lively and
    vibrant research environment.


    Further information for prospective research students and specific advice
    regarding the application process for research degrees within Cardiff
    School of Mathematics can be found on our Information for Prospective
    Postgraduate Research Students page.


    Informal enquiries can be addressed by email to Dr Karl Michael Schmidt (Director of Postgraduate Studies, Email: or Professor Marco Marletta (Director of Research, Email:


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