[FOM] PhD Studentship in Logic and Systems Verification at UCL [Corrected start-date]

Pym, David d.pym at ucl.ac.uk
Fri May 3 12:39:24 EDT 2019

[Please share with possible candidates, especially graduating Master’s students
in relevant areas. Thank you, and apologies for cross-postings.]

PhD studentship in logic and systems verification at UCL  [Apologies, corrected
start-date: October 2019]

We are looking to hire an exceptionally able and highly-motivated PhD student in the
area of logic and verification to work in UCL's PPLV group. We are particularly keen
to find someone who is interested in systems modelling and verification and their
underlying logical theory:

- Logic
- Verification
- Systems modelling.

The studentship is aligned with the IRIS project (https://uclirisproject.wordpress.com<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fuclirisproject.wordpress.com&data=02%7C01%7Cd.pym%40ucl.ac.uk%7Cee5c90844fed4a04ee9e08d6cfe1ef83%7C1faf88fea9984c5b93c9210a11d9a5c2%7C0%7C0%7C636924966622963549&sdata=7n9sIoV7rmG27Syu00JCpMNLW4EYX7zWXrfSmQM4U3A%3D&reserved=0>),
--- which is focussed on understanding and reasoning about the compositional structure
of systems models and the supporting idea of an interface --- and will be supervised by
Professor David Pym (http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/D.Pym/) and Dr. James Brotherston

In more detail, area of the studentship is in logic and its application to program and
systems verification, with a particular interest in the development and application of
logical tools based on bunched logic, separation logic, and concurrent separation logic
(and related ideas) and their use to reason about the correctness of interfaces between
programs, systems, and organizations. The project may range from theoretical work
in logic (semantics and proof theory) through the theory of system modelling tools to the
design and implementation of modelling and verification tools.

The PPLV group conducts world-leading research in logical and algebraic methods and
their applications to program and systems modelling and verification. The Interface
Reasoning for Interacting Systems (IRIS) project, led by Prof. David Pym, uses logical
and algebraic methods to understand the compositional structure of systems and their
communications, seeking to develop analyses at all scales, from code through distributed
systems to organizational structure, generically and uniformly.

The IRIS project, funded as a UK EPSRC Programme Grant, is a collaboration involving
James Brotherston, Byron Cook, George Danezis, Peter O’Hearn, and David Pym at UCL,
Alastair Donaldson at Imperial College, Will Venters at LSE, and Edmund Robinson at
QMUL. Industry partners include Amazon AWS, BT, Facebook, HP Labs, GridPP, and Methods

Candidates should normally have or be about to complete a Master's level qualification in
mathematics or computer science, with a strong component in logic or theoretical computer

The student is available with an earliest start-date of October 2019.
Candidates should be UK or EU nationals.

Interested candidates may contact David Pym (d.pym at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:d.pym at ucl.ac.uk>) or James Brotherston
(j.brotherston at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:j.brotherston at ucl.ac.uk>) for more information.

To apply, please follow the instructions at

Professor of Information, Logic, and Security
Head of Programming Principles, Logic, and Verification
University College London

d.pym at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:d.pym at ucl.ac.uk>

Assistant: Julia Savage, j.savage at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:j.savage at ucl.ac.uk>, +44 (0)20 7679 0327
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