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Modelling Heterogeneous Systems

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling Heterogeneous Systems

Fully funded places on a 4-year integrated PhD programme in Materials Modelling

HetSys is a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling Heterogeneous Systems based at the University of Warwick. It recruits creative people from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to challenge current state-of-the-art in computational modelling of heterogeneous, real-world systems. HetSys offers exciting interdisciplinary PhD research projects across a range of research themes including nanoscale devices, new catalysts, superalloys, smart fluids, laser-plasma interactions etc. HetSys’ bespoke training programme, which is integrated with the PhD research, is structured to enable its students to become high-quality computational scientists who are comfortable working in interdisciplinary environments, have excellent communication skills, and are well prepared for a wide range of future careers in areas where there is demonstrable need.

The PhD projects for October 2019 are filled. Projects starting in October 2020 will be announced in December.

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The HetSys training programme and research ethos has 3 central components:

  1. Span disciplinary barriers. The most challenging real-world heterogeneous systems are intrinsically multidisciplinary, requiring integration of a diverse range of modelling methods.
  2. Incorporate uncertainty in modelling. Training in uncertainty quantification enables students not only to perform simulations, but also to quantitatively assess their reliability.
  3. Promote robust Research Software Engineering (RSE). Training in sustainable software development enhances software usability and extends its lifetime.
Modelling Heterogeneous Systems

The Centre is built around a closely knit, highly collaborative team of academics from five science departments (Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and the Warwick Manufacturing Group), networked via two well-established research centres Warwick’s Centre for Scientific Computing (CSC) and the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (WCPM). With its international and industry project partners HetSys develops talented PhD students to inspire new ideas, approaches and innovation and become future research and technology leaders.


Applicants should hold or expect to be awarded a first or upper second class honours BSc, MSc or MPhys, MChem, MEng, etc. in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Materials Science or in an appropriate related discipline. To be eligible for a fully funded studentship, you must be a UK citizen; or an EU national who has been resident in the UK for the past three years.


Please visit for details about PhD research projects, the training programme and also upcoming events such as Open Days.

PhD projects for October 2019 are filled. Projects starting in October 2020 will be announced in December. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please email [email protected] or contact us via the form below.

HetSys is keen to widen participation in scientific computational modelling, promoting the benefits of combining mathematical and computational modelling skills. It values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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