Open Position: PhD studentship in Data Clustering

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position in the Machine Learning team, under the Biocomputation Research Group, at the University of Hertfordshire. Our research in data clustering encompasses the following topics:

  • Unsupervised feature weighting.
  • Metric learning.
  • Recovering the number of clusters in data sets.
  • Applications of the above in security and natural language processing.

The successful candidate should ideally have previous experience in at least one of the above topics; those without experience must be able to demonstrate a keen interest in our research. Excellent programming skills are required and should be documented upon application.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Renato Cordeiro de Amorim (r dot amorim at herts dot ac dot uk). Informal enquires by email prior to application are encouraged and very welcome.

We collaborate closely with leading scientists from all over the world, including Prof. Boris Mirkin (National Research University Higher School of Economics and Birkbeck University of London), Prof. Vladimir Makarenkov (University of Quebec at Montreal), Dr. Christian Hennig (University College London), and Dr. Marcos Zampieri (Saarland University). For a list of recent publications please refer to

Successful candidates are eligible for a research studentship award from the University (approximately GBP 14,250 per annum bursary plus payment of the student fees).

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Excellence Framework Assessment, with 50% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Science and Technology Research Institute provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialized and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London. Application forms can be obtained from:

Mrs Lorraine Nicholls,
Research Student Administrator,
University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane,
Hatfield, Herts,
AL10 9AB,
Tel: +44 01707 286083,
l.nicholls @

The short-listing process will begin on 30 May, 2016.

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