PhD Studentship in Optimization-Based Analysis of Fluid Flows

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, in the fields of fluid mechanics and computational optimization.

The purpose of this PhD project is to develop optimization-based methodologies which extract fundamental properties of fluid flows. In particular, time-averaged statistics of turbulent flows may be approximated by solving optimization problems derived from the governing partial differential equations; while optimization can facilitate model fitting and coherent structure identification from purely experimental flow data. In each case, having access to such information is of great interest if one wants to understand, model and control a fluid flow. This project will build upon the QUINOPT and OMD methodologies developed in the research group of Dr Wynn, who will supervise the PhD, seeking to extend one or both techniques to more general classes of flow. Interested applicants may find further details of these methods at This PhD position is relevant to students with experience in mathematics, computational optimization, control theory or fluid dynamics who are motivated to develop new computational and theoretical approaches to the analysis of fluid flows. Applicants who have an interest in these topics are encouraged to apply, but it is not expected that the successful applicant will have experience of all of them.

Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and hold, or expect to obtain, a first-class degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or a related discipline.

“Funding is available for UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3.5 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,296.”

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure (

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Dr Andrew Wynn via email:

To apply, please go to

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Lisa Kelly by email at

Start Date: Any date until October 2017

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