PhD Studentship in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

University of Leeds - Department of Applied Maths

Funding covers the cost of fees at £4,121 and provides a maintenance of £14,296 for the 2017/18 academic year. Funding duration is 3.5 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.


Contact Professor Steve Tobias or Professor David Hughes to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The Department of Applied Maths has a fully funded PhD studentship in astrophysical fluid dynamics. This is to be held within the Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics research group, which is one of the leading research groups of its type in the world. The topic of the studentship is open, providing it falls within the remit of STFC and the expertise of the group. Likely topics are thus planetary and extrasolar planetary dynamics (the geodynamo, planetary dynamos, tidal interactions between planets and stars, planet formation), solar and stellar dynamics (solar and stellar dynamos, hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic instabilities, turbulence), as well as galactic and extragalactic dynamics on the largest scales.

More details of potential research projects and supervisors can be found at

Interested students should contact Dr Stephen Griffiths as soon as possible.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis, until the position is filled. Note that the student must start their PhD studies in Leeds by 31st Jan 2018.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements:

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the STFC funded project in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics' well as Professor Steve Tobias and Professor David  Hughes as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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