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  Dr J Szmelter, Dr A Clarke  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Applications are invited to work on the development of advanced modelling techniques, based on existing novel high resolution, massively parallel schemes applicable to porous-media Simulations can include flows in porous media with the direct pore simulations as well as Darcy flows. There are many applications of porous media modelling, including our research into biomechanical design e.g. 3D printed bones, application and absorption of medications and in a wider context geophysical flow behaviour in reservoirs, relevant to petroleum and water industry.

Due to the multidisciplinary character of the work, we anticipate that the student will have to receive training complementing their existing background. Extensive guidance will be provided. The project will also provide opportunities to acquire advanced parallel computing skills.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with collaborating scientists including our experimental team, industrial partners and numerical experts from the leading international laboratories. The student will be encouraged to engage with the collaborating partners, make presentations at review meetings, and to travel to international conferences and seminars. The research and developments will be multidisciplinary thus offering important transferable skills - an excellent background for diverse career paths.


Primary supervisor: Professor Joanna Szmelter

Secondary supervisor: Dr Andrew Clarke

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualifications) in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics or a related subject. Programming and model developments experience and/or understanding of concepts of numerical methods, fluid dynamics, CFD will be beneficial. A master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Find out more about research degree funding

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’. Please quote reference number: UF-JS-2022

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Funding Notes

UK fee - £4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee - £25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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