Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to commence in October 2015. The studentship
is funded by the University of Glasgow and will be based within the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). It offers an excellent opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join a world-leading interdisciplinary research group.
The UBDC is an ESRC-funded data service promoting the use of innovative methods and complex urban data to address global city challenges. It also runs a substantial and growing programme of research of its own. The studentship will play an important role in the development of the UBDC’s
- This PhD will be based around the use of these kinds of data to address an important contemporary issue for housing policy in UK.
- The candidate will develop the focus of the studentship in conjunction with the supervisor.
- In broad terms, the context for the work is provided by the on-going process of ‘austerity’ or the sharp reductions in public expend
- Funding is available to provide a three-year (+3) award.
- Candidates should have completed advanced methods training at Masters level or have equivalent research experience.
- The award will cover fees (Home/EU or International), and provide an annual stipend at the standard ESRC rate (for 2015/16, this is £14,002 tbc) plus an annual allowance for researchor training expenses (£750 per year).
- Applicants need a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or another relevant discipline such as statistics.
- They should be able to demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of quantitative social research methods, as well as the desire and aptitude to develop a high level of expertise in this area.
- Applicants with strong quantitative skills such as those from statistics who do not have a social science background will be considered; the award of the studentship may be conditional on them successfully completing additional training in social theory during their first PhD year.
- Students due to complete a Masters programme prior to October 2015 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results.
How to apply
- The closing date for applications is noted above, with interviews to be held with short‐listed candidates on a date to be confirmed; for overseas applicants, interviews are likely to be via Skype or similar.
- All applicants should attach the following documentation to a single email and send to email@example.com with “PhD studentship” as the subject:
•PhD Scholarship Application Form– available from ubdc.ac.uk/study-with-us/phd-research/.
• Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate if applicable).
• Two references on official headed notepaper and signed by referees. References given to
candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.
Alternatively, referees can email references directly to firstname.lastname@example.org from an official work email address, clearly labelling the reference e.g. “PhD studentship–Reference for [applicant name]”.
• Personal statement : a statement of your interest in the PhD
indicating the kinds of research question you would like to address (maximum 1000 words).
•A curriculum vitae (CV) may be included if desired but is not necessary.
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