Methods and Algorithms for Network-Type Optimization Problem - Engineering and Technology - PhD Studentships - University of Derby

PhD Studentship in “Methods and Algorithms for Network-Type Optimization Problem”

College of Engineering and Technology

University of Derby

Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£14,553 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees


Full Time


Placed on:

16th June 2017


16th July 2017


The week starting 31st July 2017

Start date:

September 2017


Project Descriptions

Topic: Methods and Algorithms for Network-Type Optimization Problem


Project Overview:

Network optimization problems naturally arise in numerous practical applications. In traffic modelling for example, various discrete and continuous optimization (minimizing overall journey time) and equilibrium (motorists minimize own travel time) problems can be formulated, while the results are often counter-intuitive, as in the Braess Paradox (additions to road capacity may lead to slower - not faster - car journey times). The aims of this project are to investigate the relationships between optimum and equilibrium solutions of traffic models, and to explore links to network-type optimization problems in other areas, such as Big Data Optimization, Cloud Computing, or Wireless Networks.


If you would like to discuss further on this project, please contact the Director of Study, Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar (

The research project will be conducted within a research team at College of Engineering and Technology, The University of Derby comprising academics, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities at the University which has a strong multidisciplinary approach to research and innovation in the fields of materials, manufacturing, data science, mathematics and built environment.

Teaching responsibilities

Prospective candidates will also have a post graduate teaching assistant (PGTA) status within the College. On average over a calendar year a PGTA should be prepared to spend a maximum of 250 hours on teaching-related duties. These duties include teaching contact, preparation and any assessment. In practice during semesters, which extend for about 24 teaching weeks per year, the PGTA may expect on average to be engaged in teaching-related duties for about 10 hours per week. This teaching-related work should rarely exceed 20 hours in a week. In addition to days in which no engagement is expected, there should be at least a further 16 weeks each calendar year when the PGTA has no teaching duties. There is no remuneration in respect of these teaching duties. In addition to their teaching duties which automatically contribute towards their teaching development, the successful candidate is also expected to commit a minimum of a further 17 hours per week over 45 weeks each year to their programme of personal research.

Entry Requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials Engineering or any other Applied Science.

How to apply:

In order to apply, please see the University website at In addition to the documents requested on the website, please also include with your application a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter. Completed applications should be submitted by email to, quoting reference E&T_8_PGTA_0717 in the subject line.

Studentships are available to UK/EU and International applicants. If your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.