The University of Bristol invites applications for up to two 3.5 year PhD Studentships in Mathematics with a flexible start date in the period 1 April 2012 -- 1 October 2012. The studentships are fully funded by the European Research Council Advanced Research Grant “Homogeneous Flows and their Application in Kinetic Theory” (HFAKT), and will be supervised by its project leader, Professor Jens Marklof at the University’s School of Mathematics. Each studentship includes an annual stipend at EPSRC rates (currently £13,590 p.a.), and a travel budget to attend international workshops, conferences and summer schools.
Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper second class honours degree, or international equivalent, in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics. A strong background in Pure Mathematics is desirable. There are no restrictions on nationality. The University’s tuition fees for EU residents will be covered; applicants from outside the EU will need to secure additional funding to cover the remaining tuition fees.
The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers in Bristol’s Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Physics Groups. She or he will learn a range of cutting-edge techniques in the theory of flows on homogeneous spaces, and use these to attack long-standing problems in the kinetic theory of gases: Since the pioneering work of Maxwell and Boltzmann in the 1860s and 1870s, a major challenge in mathematical physics has been the derivation of macroscopic evolution equations from the fundamental microscopic laws of classical or quantum mechanics. Many macroscopic transport equations lie at the heart of important physical theories such as fluid dynamics, condensed matter theory and nuclear physics. The rigorous derivation of macroscopic transport equations is thus not only a conceptual exercise that establishes their consistency with the fundamental laws of physics: the possibility of finding deviations and corrections to classical evolution equations makes this subject both intellectually exciting and relevant in practical applications.
For more information on Professor Marklof’s research and contact details, follow the link http://www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~majm/
The deadline for applications is 18 January 2012. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed via skype in the week commencing 23 January 2012. To apply, complete the online application process
with reference “ERC PhD Studentship (HFAKT)”
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 their relation to HFAKT.