PhD Studentship: Software-defined Cognitive Networking for Future Online Video Distribution

University of Northampton - The Graduate School

Salary: £14,553 per annum and tuition fees for 3.5 years.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Studentship to undertake research in the area of software-defined programmable networks and online adaptive media as part of the Northampton-led Software Defined Cognitive Networking (SDCN) project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The studentship will commence in March 2018 and will be based at the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK and will be supervised by Dr Mu Mu.

The UK’s digital economy and digital public services are increasingly dependent on high quality and reliable media streaming. The competition for network resources between adaptive media applications (such as MPEG DASH) has a significant detrimental impact on the user experience and network efficiency. The studentship will involve research and development of novel intelligent networks that improve online video distribution using tools such as software-defined networking (such as OpenFlow and P4), network function virtualisation, and machine learning. It is expected that the student will work in close collaboration with Post-Doc Research Associates at Northampton and other researchers from the project’s partner institutions including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Aruba and Lancaster University.

Candidates should have

  • A first-class honours degree or equivalent (and preferably a Master’s Degree) in Computer Science or a related field.
  • The ability to demonstrate strong programming and analytical skills.
  • Background in communication networks and data analytics is highly desirable.
  • Strong verbal and written commutation skills.
  • The ability to carry out research tasks independently and within a team.
  • The ability to travel to partner sites and academic events in the UK and elsewhere. 

Successful applicants should also have a strong commitment to research in a multi-disciplinary project. Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 7 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any element, or equivalent) is required if your first language is not English.

This studentship will cover tuition fees and a tax-free stipend starting at approximately £14.5k per annum. Additional research expense budget will also be available to support equipment and conference travels.

You will have the chance to work at the University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside Campus (due open in 2018) along the River Nene. A dedicated research lab at the university’s Avenue Campus will also accommodate research and experimentation activities. The University of Northampton has a well-established development programme run by its Graduate School. This programme covers research methodologies and softer skills such as academic writing and presentation skills. Within each of the university’s faculties, a further programme of more discipline-specific events is also offered. The University also promotes continuing professional development (CPD) and provides access to development for staff at all levels.

Interviews: 23rd-25th January 2018
Start date: March 2018
Induction: 19-23 March 2017
Informal enquiries: Dr Mu Mu

Apply online using the keyword ‘STU17SDCN’

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