Research at Durham

Durham is a beautiful historic cathedral city situated in the north-east of England, where the University has long traditions but modern values. The deparment of Computer Science has a wonderful friendly and supportive culture with access to exceptional resources such as a world class supercomputer, Hamilton, and we have access to the new EPSRC Tier 2 National HPC facility (“BEDE”) hosted in Durham and operated by ARC on behalf of the N8 Universities. The department of Computer Science boasts an impressive new £40 million building (finished in 2020) and maintains our own NVIDIA Compute Center (recently upgraded with a £150,000 node of GPUs) configured for Deep Learning.

Cathedral view view
Cathedral View Framwellgate Bridge Maths and Computer Science

PhD Positions

Candidates looking to join the group for a PhD should have (or be expecting) a good 1st degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a related field. You must provide clear evidence of mathematical ability (statistics or geometry) and preferably programming experience with Python.

Please read the science faculty guidelines for securing postgraduate funding. There are a number of ways to secure funding including Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) which are fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentships. These are competitive and require a CV, two references, a research proposal and evidence of good English language ability. Please contact me in November or December to discuss a proposal.

Students can also receive scholarships from their home countries, for example from China (CSC), Singapore (NSS), Hong Kong residents (Croucher), Commonwealth countries (CS), Mexico (CONACYT), and the USA (Fulbright). It is worth Googling for such opportunities from your home country.

If you are self-funded or have secured external funding, please send me your CV and a brief research proposal with evidence of your mathematical ability to christopher.g.willcocks@durham.ac.uk.

Visiting Scholars

If you are interested in a visiting position, either as an academic scholar or as a PhD student, please email me as above. I am interested in candidates with strong mathematical ability in statistics, machine learning, or geometry. Durham has particularly low living costs, and our building is designed to be accessible for parents.