PhD studentship in Theoretical Physics (Statistical Physics)

Coventry University
Job Description: 

Related Research Centre: Coventry University: Applied Mathematics Research Centre
Other Institution: Potentially the Groupe de Physique Statistique, Université de Lorraine, France
Length and qualification: 3 year studentship
Funded by: Coventry University (RAE) in the first instance
Fees: UK/EU fee equivalent fee is paid as part of the studentship
Maintenance grant: £13,590 maintenance per annum (tax free)
Supervised by: Professor Ralph Kenna and Dr Martin Weigel (Coventry University) and Professor Bertrand Berche (Université de Lorraine)
Interview date (at Coventry University): Iinterview may be conducted in Coventry or by phone. This will be clarified to shortlisted candidates

The Applied Mathematics Research Centre (AMRC) at Coventry has 12 senior staff, six of whom are statistical physicists. There is a similar number of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students and a healthy influx of international visiting scientists. The AMRC has close links with the Statistical Physics Group at the Université Lorraine (at Nancy), which has also about 12 permanent statistical physicists.
This is an opportunity for an exciting PhD programme at the forefront of statistical physics research into high dimensional critical phenomena (phase transitions). The project will involve a balance of analytical and numerical work.
Applications are invited for a three year University studentship at Coventry in the first instance. If appropriate funding is available, is hoped that after about 1 ½ years in Coventry the student will have an opportunity to switch to Université Lorraine in Nancy, France. Otherwise the entire PhD will be Coventry based.

Candidates must be EU nationals holding at least a BSc degree in Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline (or those who will have obtained the degree by December 2012).
The maintenance grant is £13,590 p.a. tax free plus UK/EU fees paid. The proposed start date is 21st January 2013
Candidate specification
BSc degree in Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline obtained by 1 December 2012. Candidates must be UK/EU citizens.

Further details
Informal enquiries may be addressed Professor Ralph Kenna.

How to apply
Please submit an application form (ignoring Section 7) and names and e-mail addresses of two potential referees to or if a postal submission please send with a covering letter to Research Admissions, The Graduate Centre, Jaguar Building, Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry, CV1 5FB.

Deadline for Application: 
Jan 21 2013