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PhD Studentship: Mathematical Modelling of Nonlinear Transport Phenomena Affecting the Fate of Marine Litter

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th January 2022
Closes: 16th March 2022
Reference: ER/MA/2022
 

Application details:

Reference number: ER/MA/2022

Start date of studentship: October 2022

Closing date of advert: 16th March 2022

Interview date: tbc

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Dr E. Renzi

This project will give you the opportunity to work with world-leading experts in applied mathematics to fluid mechanics. You will take part in a project that will have real world impact thanks to its potential to create safer habitats for humans and wildlife.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Loughborough University's School of Science boasts outstanding facilities, a vibrant research culture with an international reputation, and a diverse community of staff and students from around the world - the ideal place to progress your research career.

Full Project Detail:

The distribution of plastics in the world’s oceans is determined mainly by ocean circulation, which is governed by currents and waves. Such phenomena occur on a range of scales, from a few centimetres, due to second-order Stokes drift by surface waves, to thousands of kilometres for the Ekman transport due to wind-driven ocean currents.

The way these phenomena combine to accumulate marine litter in the Great garbage patches is still largely unknown. This knowledge gap needs to be addressed as soon as possible; otherwise, the growth of ocean garbage patches will likely worsen current impacts on the environment and society.

Supervised by a team of experts in the applied mathematics, the successful applicant will develop novel mathematical models of multiscale nonlinear hydrodynamics, including Stokes drift and Coriolis forces, and their effect on the transport of floating bodies of dimensions smaller than a wavelength. The successful candidate will also be guided to develop computational fluid dynamics models to address the effect of viscous boundary layers on the system dynamics.

This project is for students with strong mathematical and analytical skills and a genuine interest in improving our planet’s health.  

Find out more:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/maths/staff/emiliano-renzi/

https://www.renzilab.com

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mathematical Modelling, Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Programming and Numerical Methods.

Funding information:

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2022. The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.  International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Emiliano Renzi            

Email address: e. renzi@lboro.ac.uk 

Telephone number: 01509223186

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select Mathematical Sciences.

Please quote reference number: ER/MA/2022

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