The University of Bristol invites applications for up to five fully funded Four-Year PhD Studentships in Mathematics with a start date 1 October 2012. Each studentship includes an annual stipend at EPSRC rates (currently £13,590 p.a.), and covers the University’s tuition fees for EU or overseas students. An integral part of these studentships is for the candidate to develop their teaching skills alongside their PhD research. To this end, the successful candidate will teach four hours per week in term time and assist in the examination process. Training and mentoring will be provided.
Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper second class honours degree, or international equivalent, in Mathematics. There are no restrictions on nationality.
The School of Mathematics has about 95 members of academic staff from over 24 countries. The School’s research covers applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. It has an international reputation for excellence in each area. Based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), the School’s national ranking is third for applied mathematics, joint fourth for statistics, and joint fifth for pure mathematics. It is one of the largest schools in the Faculty of Science and currently provides around 70 postgraduates with a vibrant and stimulating place to work. Fourteen per cent of mathematics students were from overseas in 2010/11, one of the largest international communities in the faculty.
Research groups in applied mathematics include dynamical systems and statistical mechanics, mathematical physics (quantum chaos, random matrix theory, quantum information and computation, disordered systems), fluid dynamics (complex fluids, experimental mathematics, turbulence, waves, granular flows), materials science (liquid crystals, soft matter), and scientific computing.
Research groups in pure mathematics include algebra (representation theory of groups and algebras, homological algebra, algebraic topology), analysis (partial differential equations and spectral theory), ergodic theory and dynamical systems (dimension theory in dynamical systems, Diophantine approximation, dynamics of group actions, Teichmüller dynamics), logic (set theory and the foundations of mathematics) and number theory (algorithmic number theory, analytic number theory and arithmetic geometry).
The statistics group’s research projects include the modelling of random phenomena, methods for the analysis of data, and computational techniques for performing this modelling and analysis. The applications of this research are many and varied, ranging from the analysis of solar flares to robot navigation, from the behaviour of socially organised animals to traffic queues and from genetic research to signal processing.
For more information on the School of Mathematics, it’s research, teaching and staff profile, see
The closing date for applications is 1 February 2012. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in the week commencing 20 February 2012. Interviews of overseas applicants may be carried out via video-link (skype). To apply, complete the online application process
with reference “PhD Studentship in Mathematics”.
Your application should include (1) Full list of courses and marks from your university, (2) English language certificates where applicable, (3) two academic references, (4) an up-to-date CV and (5) a brief statement of your research interests and teaching skills.