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Bilevel Optimization in Health Economics

Fully-funded PhD Study within the Department of Management Science.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, International fee, Stipend

Opens

13 October 2017

Deadline

31 January 2018

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

These PhD projects require a highly numerate graduate with skills and interests in computational science. Candidates should have:

  • At least a strong Honours degree or equivalent (a strong 2:1 Honours degree, or a B.Sc. degree with 3.3 GPA in a 4.0 system)
  • Or preferably a Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline such as industrial engineering, operations research, mathematics or computer science (amongst others).
  • Experience in programming and fundamental knowledge in optimization (in particular integer programming) is required.
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)
 

Project Details

The team are interested in developing algorithms for bilevel integer problems, which typically consists of a leader and one or more followers with conflicting objectives. The problem will be studied in the context of health economics, where we have centralised funding agencies looking to allocate funds to multiple recipients for health projects.

Decision problems in real world application involve in multiple decision makers and cannot be supported by traditional optimisation modelling techniques. We are interested in developing algorithms to solve bilevel integer problems, which typically consists of a leader and one or more followers. Bilevel programs capture the aspect of conflicting objectives between the leader and followers. We are particularly interested in applying the techniques developed in the context of health economics, where we have centralised funding agencies looking to allocate funds to multiple recipients for health related projects. 

Funding Details

Funding is available to cover 3 years of tuition fees for a UK/EU/international student, plus a tax free stipend higher than £14,000 per year. The student will be given opportunities to attend a conference and/or specialized training every year.

How to apply

Please upload applications here. Applications for the scholarship will be reviewed on receipt.

 Applications should consist of:

·               A cover letter

·               An outline research project of no more than 1000 words

·               Two academic references

·               A curriculum vitae

·               Degree transcripts and certificates

·               If required, an English language qualification

 

Please use the naming convention Surname_FirstName_typeofdocument

eg. Smith_John_coverletter

NB. Incomplete applications, or those that do not follow the naming convention above, will not be considered.