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Fully Funded DPhil Studentship with Microsoft Research on Program Analysis and Web

Posted: 13th March 2012

Fully Funded DPhil Studentship with Microsoft Research on Program Analysis and Web Information Extraction at Oxford

The Information Systems Research Group is offering a fully funded D.Phil studentship in Oxford University's Department of Computer Science in collaboration with Microsoft Research Cambridge.  This position is associated with the project "Program Analysis and Form Understanding", led by Michael Benedikt. The project addresses the challenge of inferring integrity constraints on Web Forms from analysis of JavaScript code, and exploiting these integrity constraints in Web information extraction and integration tasks.

The project will cover both theoretical foundations and the implementation of prototype software tools. Proposals for doctoral study can concentrate on either program analysis issues, Web information extraction issues, or both. Successful applicants will be working closely with researchers at Microsoft Research, in particular Matthew Parkinson of MSR Cambridge.  In addition to funding and equipment, they will participate in Microsoft Cambridge's Research Summer Schools, see:

The studentship is fully funded at home/EU fees level (although well-qualified non-EU students are also strongly encouraged to apply) for 3 years and is available with a start date of October 1st 2012. The studentship includes a stipend of at least £15,500 per year as well as provision for a laptop, travel to project meetings and conferences.

Candidates must satisfy the usual requirements:

for studying for a doctorate at Oxford. We will consider students with skills in theoretical computer science and in any of the above-mentioned areas. Candidates must have good writing, communication, presentation, and organization skills.

Applications can be made online here:

When applying for this studentship, please quote the following studentship codes:

2012-MB-MSR-WEB (if you are applying from Computer Science Departmental web pages)

2012-MB-MSR-JOBS (if you are applying via

2012-MB-MSR-FIND (if you are applying via

The closing date for applications is 10th June, 2012. If you have any questions about the studentship or application process please email