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PhD Studentship in Mathematical Sciences: Collapse of Magnetically-Levitated Bubbles and Droplets SCI1869

University of Nottingham - Mathematical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students
Funding amount: £14,777 (2018/19)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th February 2019
Closes: 31st May 2019
Reference: SCI1869

Supervised by Dr Richard Hill and Dr Matthew Scase

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to conduct experimental and theoretical investigations into fluid dynamical instabilities in rapidly collapsing liquid droplets and gas bubbles. The results obtained will have wide applicability, from the endeavours to generate clean energy by inertial confinement fusion, to ultrasonic etching techniques. 

The bubbles and droplets will be magnetically levitated in a powerful superconducting magnet, in order to mimic a microgravity environment comparable to that aboard an orbiting spacecraft. 

Summary: The three-year studentship is fully funded, from a grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, including an annual stipend of £14,777 (2018/19). This funding is available to UK/EU nationals.  Self-funded students (including non-EU nationals) will also be considered, subject to qualifications.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: Applications are sought from students who are self-motivated, enthusiastic and resourceful, and who have obtained – or are expected to obtain – a degree in physics or mathematical sciences (first class, or good 2:1) by September 2019. The candidate should have excellent experimental skills and mathematical ability, and experience in scientific computing.

Apply: This studentship is available to start from September 2018 and it will remain open until filled. To apply please visit the University of Nottingham application page:

For more details, please email Dr Richard Hill ( Note that formal applications sent directly to this address will not be accepted.

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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