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Call for applications: Fully funded Joint PhD (co-tutelle) in Computer Science at University of Primorska and University of St Andrews

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship for a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) in computer science with University of St Andrews (UK). The planned collaboration with St Andrews is dependent on finalising arrangements on the co-supervision of the Joint PhD.

We welcome applications from EU as well as International students who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on applied computer science research in the following areas:
Human-computer Interaction
Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing.

The selected candidate will be offered a tailored research project at UP FAMNIT. It's planned that this will be in collaboration with the University of St Andrews (UK) subject to approval. The intention is that upon the successful completion of PhD the candidate will be awarded a joint degree under a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) agreement.

What does the scholarship include?

The selected candidate will receive a 36-48 month scholarship which includes:

  • Monthly payments between 700€ and 1000€ —  subject to the candidate’s academic performance and previous experience and expertise.
  • Tuition fees.
  • Research equipment and a working desk.
  • Yearly budget for other research costs for covering fieldwork and conference attendance.

Candidate's obligations

Besides the regular coursework required for the doctoral study programme (more information available here http://www.famnit.upr.si/en/education/doctoral/computer-science/), the obligations of the selected candidate include 34 hours per week of research activities conducted at the HICUP lab (http://dist.famnit.upr.si/en/HICUP) as well as 6 hours per week of teaching assistant work (e.g. running lab sessions, consulting students, drafting and correcting coursework, etc.). The teaching assistant work is only conducted during term time (32 weeks per year). As part of the study programme it is planned that the candidate will be required to spend a minimum of 12 months at the University of St Andrews subject to approval of the collaboration.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with preferably a Master’s degree with distinction and need a strong first degree in Computer Science or related subject. Excellent technical ability, programming skills and proficient active and passive English language skills are essential. We seek a candidate with good prototyping skills and an inventive mind for problem solving. Specifically, we are seeking candidates with a very good knowledge in at least one of the areas of software engineering, 3D graphics, information visualisation, interaction design, computer vision, systems modelling, artificial intelligence, software development or similar. Applied mathematics or ability to learn such is also desirable.

Selected candidate will need a proof of fluent English language ability (IELTS —  with min score of 6.5, ToEFL iBT —  with min score of 93 overall and min 20 in each skill or equivalent). This should be sent no later than September 1 2017 under separate cover.

  • Closing date:  11 July 2017
  • Shortlisting date: 14 July 2017
  • Interview date: 17 July 2017 onwards.

Selected candidates will start their studies on 1st of October 2017.

The selected candidate will progress annually, dependent on performance (successful progress into the next year of study and a positive evaluation of their work by supervisors). The selected candidate is expected to complete their doctoral studies in a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 years.

How to apply?

Applicants for the scholarship need to include the following documents (if not in English or Slovenian all documents need to be officially translated and provided with documents in the original language):

  • A motivational letter (research proposal/personal statement).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (personal details, work experience, education and training, language skills, development skills, awards and recognitions, previous research work, publications). Maximum 4 pages.
  • Portfolio of previous research and/or development projects and/or DIY prototyping (e.g. mobile apps, web apps, DIY electronics, graphical designs, interface designs, system mockups,  DIY prototypes ...)
  • A certified copy of any previously completed higher-level education degrees: e.g. bachelor degree, master degree, etc.
  • Course transcripts, GPA (grade point average) certificate of exams and tutorials, including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class.
  • Two reference letters (your two referees must be able to comment on your suitability for a research degree level of study, one of them must have been your academic tutor) originally sealed by referees.
  • If you will need a visa to study in Slovenia or UK, a copy of the page of your passport that gives your full name, passport number, etc.
  • The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer tailored opportunities for joint PhDs, allowing students to conduct doctoral research at two institutions and to obtain to a jointly awarded degree. We are in the process of setting up a formal agreement between St Andrews and the University of Primorska. Subject to the approval of a formal agreement, we expect students also to complete an application form with the University of St Andrews.

Firstly, applicants should send this information in zip file to matjaz.kljun@upr.si.
In case of large files please use file sharing services such as Wetransfer (https://wetransfer.com/).

For further information regarding application, enrolment and other administrative procedures please read: http://www.famnit.upr.si/en/education/enrolment#heading2, contact Student Services http://www.famnit.upr.si/en/education/student-services

or email Matjaž Kljun (matjaz.kljun@upr.si) or Klen Čopič Pucihar (klen.copic@famnit.upr.si).

Lead Supervisor: Dr Matjaž Kljun
Co-supervisor: Dr Klen Čopič Pucihar
Co-supervisor at St Andrews University: Professor Aaron Quigley

More information about our department and HICUP LAB: http://dist.famnit.upr.si/en/
More information about SACHI LAB: http://sachi.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/
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