Mathematics, fluids, meteorology and symmetry

The Department of Mathematics is inviting applications for PhD positions in the Fluids, Meteorology and Symmetry research group.


Research interests of this group include:

  • Geometric mechanics
  • Data assimilation
  • Flow stability
  • Water waves
  • High Reynolds number analysis of geophysical problems.

The group is comprised of both outstanding, world-leading professors in meteorology and nonlinear waves and young, ambitious, internationally recognised academics. These academics play a leading role in the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) alongside the University of Leicester, which provides evidence to government and businesses about the current state of the Earth's climate as well as future predictions.

The group is also responsible for driving the mathematical modelling behind the OWEL wave energy converter which aims to provide a significant amount of green energy to the UK in the future. On top of this, it is the principal organiser of the Applied Geometric Mechanics Network in the UK.

Potential areas of PhD research include the following:

  • Multi-scale fluid flow analysis
  • Geometric mechanics
  • Ferro fluids
  • Nonlinear water waves and wave energy harvesting
  • Data assimilation for large geophysical systems.

Further topics could be available by contacting individual group members.

As a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics you will work as part of a vibrant and supportive community of early career researchers who exchange ideas and collaborate with each other and the mathematical community. You will be extensively trained for a career as a professional mathematician, which will set you on the right track for a future in academia, industry or government.

During your PhD you will also receive a comprehensive training in transferable skills such as project management, communication and time management through our Faculty Graduate School. In addition, you will broaden your mathematical horizons by taking courses via national networks such as the national MAGIC consortia as well as our own in-house MSc course.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have:

  • A minimum of a first-class honours degree in mathematics, physical sciences or engineering.

Preferably applicants will hold:

  • A MMath, MPhys or MSc degree, though exceptional BSc students will be considered.

How to apply

Applications can be made through our PhD Mathematics course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered. 

PhD Mathematics

Contact details

Matthew Turner
26A AA 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686183

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