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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Data-driven and Kernel-based Analysis of Complex Dynamical Systems

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, International Students
Funding amount: Full UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th September 2021
Closes: 31st May 2022
Reference: PGR-2021-095

The main focus of this project is the data-driven analysis of complex dynamical systems exhibiting multiple time scales. Based only on simulation or measurement data, dominant dynamics or modes can be extracted, which are then, for instance, used for dimensionality reduction, the detection of metastable or coherent sets, system identification, or control. Due to the sheer size of the data sets, kernel-based approaches might be required to mitigate the curse of dimensionality. The successful candidate will develop, optimize, and implement novel methods to analyse high-dimensional time-series data in order to gain insight into the characteristic properties of the underlying system. Of particular interest are molecular dynamics problems (computation of stable conformations, analysis of protein folding processes), fluid flow problems (detection of coherent sets), and quantum mechanics problems (relationships with transfer operators, stochastic formulations of quantum mechanics, exploitation of symmetries/antisymmetries).

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training related to all aspects of the research and opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops and seminars to develop professional skills and research network.

Supervisor: Dr Stefan Klus

This is a minimum 3 year project. We are able to offer this opportunity starting in October 2021, January 2022, April 2022 or July 2022.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a first class honours degree in mathematics, the physical sciences or engineering. Preferably applicants will hold a MMath, MPhys or MSc degree, though exceptional BSc students will be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Mathematics PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

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Full UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. This project is on offer in competition with a number of other projects for funding. This opportunity may be available with partial funding for overseas fees for exceptional applicants. However, funding for overseas students is limited and applicants are encouraged to find suitable funding themselves. Funded by the University of Surrey.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31 May 2022

Application enquiries

For application enquiries, please contact Dr Matthew Turner (

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