I very much enjoy working with research students, I have some prior experience in guiding student research from my time at universities in and around Berlin, and I am available to supervise new research students at University of Glasgow.

research student opportunities at University of Glasgow:

Each year there are a number of School of Computing Science Studentships as well as other scholarships available to fund postgraduate research students to work towards their PhDs in Computing Science at University of Glasgow. Have a look at the information for prospective PGR students on the school's website, particularly the funding opportunities that the School of Computing Science Studentships, Minerva Scholarships, and the scholarships of the College present. More information about the application process, the required research proposal, and further requirements can be found on another School of Computing Science website.

For my area of research a good knowledge of computer systems (especially distributed systems, operating systems, and database systems) is important. Solid programming skills are essential as well. Some experience with currently relevant systems for cluster resource management (such as Kubernetes) and scalable data processing (so systems like Spark, Nextflow, or Tensorflow) will also come in handy. Moreover, as much of my work is data-driven, a working knowledge of data analysis methods, machine learning, and optimization will help as well. That said, more important than any specific knowledge or skill is a high level of motivation, related research interests, and the ability to work independently and learn new skills as needed.

If you are interested in doing your PhD with me here in Glasgow, please get in touch with me before you apply, and I recommend you have a look at my research statement and some previous publications.

Next deadline: The next application due date is July 31, 2022 (and then again January 31, 2023).

Summer 2022: I currently have a School of Computing Science Studentship to be allocated to me (receiving priority as new and early-career faculty).

past and current research student advising:

Even though I have not formally supervised any PhD theses before, I have substantial experience in working closely with PhD students and RAs as a postdoc, senior researcher, and guest professor, both as a direct supervisor in funded research projects and as a lead researcher in collaborative efforts without funding. In particular, I have been and still am working closely with several PhD students at TU Berlin, HPI (at University of Potsdam), and HU Berlin via different research collaborations. I am also currently part of the PhD Thesis Advisory Committees of Jonathan Bader, Fabian Lehmann, and Vasilis Bountris in context of the Collaborative Research Center FONDA.

In the past, I (co)-supervised over two dozen bachelor and master theses with Prof. Dr. habil. Odej Kao (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. habil. Andreas Polze (HPI, University of Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld (HPI, University of Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Ulf Leser (HU Berlin), and Prof. Dr. Björn Scheuermann (HU Berlin).

contact me:

If you are interested in working with me, please do not hesitate to get in touch (lauritz.thamsen at Please include 1) a description of your background and interests as far as relevant for my area of research, 2) your CV, 3) a sample text (e.g. paper, thesis, seminar/project report), 4) information on your grades. Furthermore, if you already have an idea for a PhD research proposal, please do include it as well. It does not need to be final and complete. There is furthermore no need for certificates or a cover letter.