PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - Vortex Dynamics in Superfluids

Newcastle University

Value of award

A tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year (subject to minor change) and 100% tuition fees. The studentship also includes a desktop computer and £1,500 travel allowance.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018 for 42 months


We are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship on the theoretical / computational study of quantum vortices in superfluid helium and/or atomic Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). You will join a team consisting of Professor Carlo Barenghi, Dr Nick Parker and Dr Luca Galantucci.

This team was recently awarded an EPSRC grant to explore the reconnections of quantum vortices, including the physical significance of vortex reconnections (particularly in understanding turbulence), new experimental techniques for visualising vortices, and the possibility of “universal” reconnection behaviour that extends across other types of fluids.

This team also recently gave new insight into how superfluids flow past surfaces, showing the generation of an intense storm layer of quantum vortices at the surface.

You will join this team in working on such topical and state-of-the-art problems in superfluid vortex dynamics. You will also join our collaborations with experimental and theoretical collaborators worldwide, which includes researchers in Australia, Brazil, France, Italy and the Czech Republic.

You will become part of the Quantum Matter Research Group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics. This group consists of eight academic staff with expertise across quantum fluids and quantum transport, two research associates and seven postgraduate students. This group provides a rich and vibrant research atmosphere, including a regular seminar series, advanced training modules, and an active visitor programme. This group is also part of the wider Joint Quantum Centre Durham-Newcastle, a leading centre for theoretical and experimental research in quantum systems. The expertise of other members of the School in magnetohydrodynamics and plasmas will support in relating the project’s findings to wider fluid settings.


School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Carlo Barenghi, Dr Nick Parker, Dr Luca Galantucci

Eligibility Criteria

This studentship is available to UK/EU and international candidates who have/expect a first class or high 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant subject area will be advantageous.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.
Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8080F in the programme of study section
  • select 'PhD Mathematics and Statistics (full time) - applied mathematics', as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code msp003
  • attach covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of English language qualifications. The covering letter must state title of studentship, quote reference msp003 and describe how your research interests fit with the topic of research project outlined in the advertisement (maximum of two pages).


Professor Carlo Barenghi
Dr Luca Galantucci
Dr Nick Parker

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