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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD studentship in "Foundations for Heterogeneous Computation", Birmingham (U.K.)

Contact: Dr. Dan R. Ghica,

Microsoft PhD Scholarship University of Birmingham School of Computer Science

The School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham is seeking to award a Microsoft PhD Scholarship on the topic "Structural Foundations for Heterogeneous Computation", starting on 1st October 2011.

Applicants require a first-class Honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Mathematics or Computer Engineering, experience in programming and aptitude for mathematical subjects. A Masters degree is highly desirable. Experience in any of the following areas is relevant although no required: semantics, type theory, static analysis, system-level programming, microprocessor design, FPGA design, compiler design and optimisation, GPU programming. The position is open for UK and EU applicants, but exceptionally strong candidates from outside the EU may be considered subject to availability of funds. Before the Scholarship can be awarded the candidate must also undergo the formal admission procedure to the university.

The Scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Dan R. Ghica from University of Birmingham, a leading centre for research in programming language theory. On behalf of Microsoft Research, the Scholar will be also supervised by Prof. Satnam Singh.

The Microsoft PhD Scholarship Programme recognises and supports exceptional students who show the potential to make an outstanding contribution to science and computing. Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary of 23,000 for up to a maximum of three years. In addition, every Scholar receives a laptop with a selection of software applications. During the course of their PhD, Scholars are invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge for an annual Summer School that includes a series of talks of academic interest and posters sessions, which provides the Scholars the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers and a number of Cambridge academics. Some of the Scholars may also be offered, at the discretion of Microsoft Research, an internship in one of the Microsoft Research laboratories. Internships involve working on a project alongside and as part of a team of Microsoft researchers. 
Scholars are paid during their internship, in addition to their scholarship bursary.

To apply please submit the following to Dr. Dan R. Ghica
( before May 1st:

 	? an up-to-date copy of your CV
 	? a copy of your University transcript detailing all your examination results to date
 	? the name and contacts of three referees
 	? a sample of your academic publications such as articles or dissertations
 	? any other relevant information (e.g. links to web-sites, blogs, software portfolio)
 	? a covering letter.
For further information, visit:

 	? Microsoft PhD Scholarships:
 	? Dan R. Ghica's page:
 	? Satnam Singh's page:
 	? Heterogeneous computing: