University of Exeter funding: Synopsys-Exeter Studentship

Synopsys-Exeter Studentship - Engineering - Computer Science PhD (Funded) Ref: 3610

About the award


Professor Philippe G. Young, University of Exeter
Dependent on PhD topic, a co-supervisor from appropriate discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Physics)


CEMPS, Streatham, Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, in partnership with the Synopsys Simpleware Product Group (, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Exeter in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Project Description:
This is an exciting opportunity to carry out a PhD Research Degree with an open remit working closely with a team of researchers within the Simpleware Product Group at Synopsys ( The Simpleware Product Group develops and markets innovative tools for advanced image processing, including the use of image data for carrying out physics-based simulations for both medical and industrial applications.  Within this rapidly expanding area at the interface between medical imaging and engineering, there are a number of different projects of interest to the academic and industrial stakeholders. Depending on their interests, candidates could pursue research paths including:

1) Use of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for segmentation of image data
2) Development of techniques for computer modelling across length scales, e.g. for soils, for soft and hard tissue structures (bones, skin…), for foams etc…

The proposed PhD is structured to be very open to the interests of the candidate.

Other tasks you will carry out:
• To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken.
• To prepare publications and research presentations with guidance and advice.
• To communicate and present research results within the research group, at meetings, through research paper publications and other recognized avenues as appropriate.
• To provide technical advice in relation of the research and the techniques used to other staff members within the wider research team.
• To take part in knowledge-transfer activities, including collaborative meetings with other research groups.

Entry requirements

Essential Criteria
1.      A Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree in a relevant discipline – Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or any field of Engineering.
2.      Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
3.      Demonstrated commitment to high quality research.

Desirable Criteria
1. Some experience/interest in computer programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python, C++, C#, Java).
2. A creative, innovative, team-working attitude.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss possible application and interests by contacting Professor Philippe Young at 

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees, the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in 1st April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Entry requirements:
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology – this includes suitable candidates in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.
• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)

The closing date for applications is midnight on 24th February 2020.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus or by skype (exact date to be confirmed).

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:24th February 2020
Value:£15,009 per year for 3.5 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM PGR Admissions +44 (0)1392 722730 / 5150