Archive for PhD position

OxWaSP (The Oxford-Warwick Statistics Programme)

Posted in Kids, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by xi'an

University of Warwick, May 31 2010This is an official email promoting OxWaSP, our joint doctoral training programme, which I [objectively] think is definitely worth considering if planning a PhD in Statistics. Anywhere.

The Statistics Department – University of Oxford and the Statistics Department – University Of Warwick, supported by the EPSRC, will run a joint Centre of Doctoral Training in the theory, methods and applications of Statistical Science for 21st Century data-intensive environments and large-scale models. This is the first centre of its type in the World and will equip its students to work in an area in growing demand both in academia and industry.Oxford, Feb. 23, 2012

Each year from October 2014 OxWaSP will recruit at least 5 students attached to Warwick and at least 5 attached to Oxford. Each student will be funded with a grant for four years of study. Students spend the first year at Oxford developing advanced skills in statistical science. In the first two terms students are given research training through modular courses: Statistical Inference in Complex Models; Multivariate Stochastic Processes; Bayesian Analyses for Complex Structural Information; Machine Learning and Probabilistic Graphical Models; Stochastic Computation for Intractable Inference. In the third term, students carry out two small research projects. At the end of year 1, students begin a three-year research project with a chosen supervisor, five continuing at Oxford and five moving to the University of Warwick.

Training in years 2-4 includes annual retreats, workshops and a research course in machine learning at Amazon (Berlin). There are funded opportunities for students to work with our leading industrial partners and to travel in their third year to an international summer placement in some of the strongest Statistics groups in the USA, Europe and Asia including UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Duke University, the University of Washington in Seattle, ETH Zurich and NUS Singapore.

Applications will be considered in gathered fields with the next deadline of 24 January 2014 (Non-EU applicants should apply by this date to maximise their chance of funding). Interviews for successful applicants who submit by the January deadline will take place at the end of February 2014. There will be a second deadline for applications at the end of February (Warwick) and 14th March (Oxford).

A heap of PhD studentships at UCL

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by xi'an

Mark Girolami sent me this announcement for six PhD studentships in Statistical Methodology and Its Application at University College London (UCL) that are great opportunities for anyone interested in computational statistics!

The studentships are attached to the Department of Statistical Science at University College London, and a subset of them are UCL Impact awards. Impact awards support collaborative studentship projects with organisations such as charities, companies, government institutions and social enterprises. The impact awards are joint with Lloyds bank, Xerox Research Centre Europe, and NCR Labs, respectively. Continue reading

PhD+postdoc grant on ABC

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by xi'an

I have received the following email announcement about a joint INRA/INRIA PhD grant on statistical methods for high frequency genomics, backed by an additional two year postdoc contract:

“Identifier les signatures de sélection dans les données issues de la génomique haut-débit : développement de modèles et de méthodes d’analyse statistique”.
Le développement rapide des technologies de séquençage et de génotypage à haut débit permet désormais de produire de très grandes quantités de données de polymorphisme génétique à une échelle populationnelle, y compris chez des espèces « non-modèles ». Dans ce contexte, la recherche de marqueurs moléculaires portant des signatures de sélection est primordiale pour comprendre la dynamique de l’adaptation. Cette thèse aura donc pour objet de développer des méthodes d’analyse statistique innovantes, pour caractériser la typologie des marqueurs génétiques vis-à-vis de leur statut évolutif. Ces méthodes seront développées dans un cadre bayésien, et se concentreront sur les outils stochastiques afférents (méthodes MCMC et approche ABC lorsque la vraisemblance n’est pas accessible) et les techniques de sélection de variables.

whose google translation is

The fast development of high-frequency sequencing and genotyping technologies allows henceforth to produce very large quantities  of genetic polymorphism data in a populationnal scale, including “non-model” species. In this context, the search for molecular markers carrying selection signatures is essential to understand the dynamics of the adaptation. This thesis will thus have for its goal to develop innovative statistical analysis methods, to characterize the typology of the genetic markers towards their evolutionary status. These methods will be developed in a Bayesian framework, and will concentrate on the relative stochastic tools (MCMC and ABC methods when the likelihood is not available) and the techniques of variable selection.

It involves my friend and coauthor Gilles Celeux (Paris Sud, Orsay) as one of the advisors, as well as two researchers from the place that taught me everything about ABC, the INRA CBGP (Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations)  lab in Montpelliers: Mathieu Gautier and Renaud Vitalis. It is thus a highly interesting proposal whose deadline is April 23.

Looking for a Bayésien PhD

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , on January 29, 2010 by xi'an

I just got this email (yes, in French) looking for a Bayesian ready to work on algorithms:

Dans le cadre de la société Vekia, nous recherchons un Docteur en statistiques bayésiennes pour un poste sur Lille à pourvoir dès que possible.

Vekia est  un éditeur de logiciel pour le commerce fondée en 2007 par deux chercheurs (Pierre-Arnaud COQUELIN et Manuel DAVY) et compte actuellement 17 personnes. Nous éditions des logiciels à forte valeur ajoutée scientifique pour le commerce, réalisons des études pour nos clients hors du secteur du commerce.

Dans le cadre de la structuration de ses activités de R&D, Vekia recherche un docteur en statistiques bayésiennes et/ou machine learning, pour les missions suivantes :
— conception de modèles bayésiens et maquettage d’algorithmes en vue de leur validation
— Conception d’algorithmes de contrôle optimal en contexte stochastique et maquettage
— réalisation d’étude de données ponctuelles

Pour toute candidature, merci de contacter Pierre-Arnaud Coquelin au 06 50 44 22 58 ou pacoquelin@vekia.fr

PhD thesis proposals

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on September 25, 2009 by xi'an

I just received two emails with PdD thesis proposals in Copenhagen

The Informatics and Mathematical Modeling Department of the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen funds every year 5 to 10 PhD students. Several PhD subjects are currently available in the following areas: Spatial statistics, Bayesian modeling, Computational statistical methods, R packages development, Statistical genetics and molecular ecology, Environmental statistics, Statistical analysis of microarray data.

Salary: varies between 4100 and 5300 euros depending on experience. (net salary = gross salary minus 17% pension contribution minus 33-46% taxes).

Deadline: October 14 2009. Students interested by one of these topics should contact asap Gilles Guillot (gigu ã imm.dtu.dk) with a detailed cv (with grades obtained in the last 2-3 years) as soon as possible.

Related pages:
http://www2.imm.dtu.dk
http://www.imm.dtu.dk/English/Teaching/PhD/ITMAN_-_IMM_Graduate_School.aspx
http://www2.imm.dtu.dk/~gigu/

and in Avignon

A PhD position is available for candidates interested in building models and statistical methods for biology. The candidate will be funded by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), he will be hosted in the research unit Biostatistics and Spatial Processes at Avignon and associated to the new ANR funded project EMILE concerning inference methods and softwares for evolution. The position is for three years and the student will defend his PhD thesis at the University of Montpellier II or Avignon. The application is open to students from any country with a master degree in statistics, applied mathematics, biomathematics or with a master in population biology or epidemiology and a strong interest for modelling and statistics. Speaking languages required: French or English.
Starting Date: 1 November 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter (until the beginning of January 2010).
Salary: 16,800 euros per year. In addition, the student will be covered by the French health care system.
A letter of application, a CV detailing the skills in statistics, mathematics or biology, and the report of the master internship if applicable should be sent to E. Klein (Etienne.Klein ã avignon.inra.fr) and S.Soubeyrand (Samuel.Soubeyrand ã avignon.inra.fr) as soon as possible.

Of course, salary_wise, the position at INRA does not stand the comparison!, but then it is in Avignon, Provence! And more seriously, the topic is quite focussed about the quickly emerging ABC methodology, in connection with our ANR grant EMILE.

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