Studentship: Bursary of £16,052 per annum (2015 figure including London weighting) plus home/EU (not overseas) fees. This studentship is being offered by the Department of Computing through the HiPEDS centre for doctoral training.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the mobile edge cloud, under the supervision of Prof Alexander Wolf and Dr Mark Stillwell of the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. The PhD position is fully funded for UK/EU candidates. Overseas applicants may apply but will be required to show evidence that the difference between the overseas fees and UK/EU fees will be covered by other funding. The start date is April or October 2016.

Cloud computing services often consolidate into centralized data centres to make efficient use of hardware resources. As a result, there may be considerable network distances between input data, computation, and end users, which imposes hard limits on latency and can introduce jitter, making it difficult to meet the Quality-of-Service demands of high-throughput real-time applications. An accelerated mobile edge cloud could meet these demands by placing high-throughput computational devices close to the point of use, but poses a number of challenges, particularly in the areas of resource allocation and scheduling in response to dynamic load, and designing systems that can intelligently and securely migrate services to keep them close to fast-moving mobile users.

This studentship in Department of Computing at Imperial College London is part of a consortium project funded jointly by EPSRC and Jaguar Land Rover. This project is lead by the University of Surrey, and includes Warwick University, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Thales UK, Telefonica, and Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) as partners. Research topics include programming paradigms, design of middleware, and resource allocation and task placement algorithms to support mobile clients.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop their expertise in the interdisciplinary area of the project as well as to contribute to research and to the related publication activities.

Prospective applicants will have a strong first degree (or equivalent qualification) in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Good programming skills (C-like languages and scripting) are required. Knowledge of cloud computing, Linux systems administration, and resource-allocation algorithms is desirable. We are looking for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects.

To apply for this position, follow the instructions given here:

Note that you must apply directly to Imperial College London using the College's online application system. In your application, clearly indicate your interest in working with Prof Wolf and Dr Stillwell and that you are applying for the PhD studentship in Mobile Edge Cloud. The research statement that is a required part of the application should indicate relevant experience and accomplishments, if any.

Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, early applications will be given priority for consideration.