|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Tuition Fees and Stipend|
|Placed On:||8th August 2023|
|Closes:||25th October 2023|
Applications are invited for a PhD position in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics within the project MAGNADO - The Magnetohydrodynamics of Liquid Metal Tornadoes (selected for funding by the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) and funded through the UKRI 'Horizon Europe guarantee') at the Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University. The ERC is The European Union’s most selective funding mechanism for ground-breaking science. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the award winner, Associate Professor Dr Susanne Horn.
This ambitious project tackles the long-standing challenge of understanding how convective flows in liquid planetary cores generate and sustain the magnetic fields of planets through the dynamo process. The project explores the radically new idea that the elusive type of flows able to generate magnetic fields may be produced by tornado-like vortices.
This PhD project focuses on the geophysical aspects of the problem and aims to establish a strong link between idealised numerical-laboratory models of the elementary processes and actual planetary dynamos.
The successful candidate will implement the more refined anelastic approximation for rotating convection into our in-house code goldfish to realistically model gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn. With this new version of the code the PhD researcher will determine if such elementary process can influence the global magnetic field in gas giants. Ensuing numerical simulations will then seek to identify signatures of local dynamo action that can also be observed and measured via space missions and analyse corresponding available data, e.g. for Jupiter obtained from Juno.
This project offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the field of planetary science and to develop a world-leading expertise in geophysical and numerical fluid dynamics. The successful candidate will also be able to develop an extensive scientific network by working with the best experts in the field worldwide, through extensive collaboration across the USA and Europe thanks to the great flexibility offered by the ERC-guarantee.
Experience in fluid mechanics and/or with numerical simulations is strongly advised. The position is fully funded for a period of 3.5 years and is expected to start in January 2024.
Entry criteria for applicants to PhD
For further details regarding entry requirements, visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/making-an-application/research-entry-criteria/
To express interest in this PhD opportunity, please send a CV and a full transcript of academic records to Susanne Horn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal enquiries are encouraged.
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