Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training seeks PhD candidates

The newly established EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE), run jointly by Imperial College London and the University of Reading, seeks excellent candidates for 12 fully funded positions in a new PhD programme in Mathematics, in the context of weather, oceans and climate science.

The centre offers an innovative four year PhD in programme in Mathematics and its applications to weather, oceans and climate science. The first year takes the form of an MRes (Masters by Research) course, leading to a jointly awarded degree from Imperial College London and the University of Reading. The following 3 years focus on the PhD project, and lead to the award of a PhD from either Imperial or Reading.

UK and EU students with a background in the mathematical and physical sciences are eligible for full funding (fees plus tax-free stipend of £15,726 a year), and exceptional international students are also encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will choose, by the end of the first year, the particular area of research that suits their individual taste and talents from the broad areas of Analysis, Statistics, Probability, Fluid Mechanics, Dynamical Systems, Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing, and will work on PhD projects that have in common relevance and applicability to research in weather, oceans and climate. Prior knowledge of environmental science is not a requirement.

The MPE CDT students will graduate with substantial, interdisciplinary experience in developing cutting-edge mathematics and applying it to challenging and urgent problems, and will have acquired teamwork, communication, management and leadership skills through our close cooperation with our external partners from research institutions and industry. Integrated in the programme are a number of bespoke training activities and professional development opportunities.

Successful applicants will have (or expect to receive) a first class honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or closely related subject. Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities.

The deadline for submitting the complete applications is 31 January 2014. Further details regarding the programme and the application procedure can be obtained at www.mpecdt.org.

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