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PhD Studentship: Geometric Fluid Mechanics in Molecular Chemistry

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Full UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th September 2022
Closes: 25th November 2022
Reference: PGR-2021-097

This is a project for highly motivated students with a background in Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics and ideally looking to pursue a research career. Madelung's hydrodynamic formulation of quantum mechanics has been opening new avenues for molecular modelling in quantum chemistry. In this picture, a potential fluid flow is subject to a non-standard type of pressure that makes the fluid particles move apart from each other. This project aims to apply geometric mechanics to the study of quantum hydrodynamic models with application to the adiabatic evolution of molecular structures. In this context, challenging singular structures have recently been regularized by appropriate closures schemes at the level of the Lagrangian fluid paths, thereby leading to new simpler models whose features will be the subject of this study. 

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 Cesare Tronci 

This is a minimum 3 year project. We are able to offer this opportunity starting in January 2023. 

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. 

Please state clearly the studentship project at you would like to apply for. 

Funding 

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. 

Application enquiries 

For application enquiries, please contact Dr Matthew Turner (maths-phd@surrey.ac.uk).

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