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Interactions in Plasma Turbulence at Kinetic Scales

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The project is in the field of plasma physics, focusing on the analysis and modelling of plasma turbulence at kinetic scales. As a strongly nonlinear phenomenon, turbulence is responsible for the coupling of scales in a system. For plasmas, these couplings involve interactions with the electromagnetic fields. Moreover, as magnetically confined fusion and astrophysical plasmas are deemed to be collisionless, these interactions require a kinetic description to be fully captured. Other kinetic phenomena, such as Landau Damping and phase space mixing, need now to be considered.

The project will focus on modelling the interactions that occur at kinetic scales in plasma, accounting for the interplay between Landau Damping and turbulence (a poorly understood topic from a mathematical and physical perspective). Identifying the correct phase space cascade will allow to account for modifications to the systems as result of scale truncations that will naturally occur in numeric simulations, such as Large Eddy Simulations.

Coventry University

Coventry University, ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, is offering support for a PhD. student in the field of plasma physics under the supervision of Dr. Bogdan Teaca. The student will be part of the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC) via a Faculty Research Centre.

The project is part of Dr. Teaca’s broader collaboration with researchers from UK (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, The University of Warwick) and international institutions (Max-Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Germany; Max-Planck/Princeton Research Center for Plasma Physics, a USA-Germany collaboration; The Institute for Fusion Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, USA), with which the student is expected to interact.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A taught Masters degree in mathematical or physical sciences, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 65% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

Additional criteria

• self motivated
• able to study independently and be able to self-improve
• able to work in a team
• knowledge of plasma physics at the undergraduate level
• knowledge of basic numerical methods
• ability to use Fortran or C programing languages
• ability to use Unix command environment is desired
• knowledge of parallel computing is desired

• Opportunity to work in the field of Plasmas Physics and start a research career.
• Collaborate with internationally renowned institutions and researchers.

Application deadline:
This opportunity will potentially remain open until Friday June 28th however it may close earlier if an eminently suitable candidate is identified. This is a highly sought after position and will be very competitive therefore early application is strongly recommended

Start date: September 2019

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Successful candidates are expected to hold or be on course to achieve an MSc or equivalent, with a grade of 65% or above, in mathematical or physics-related discipline, and to have demonstrated abilities in mathematics and programming. Knowledge of plasma physics at an undergraduate levels is desired.


Please direct all informal enquiries to Dr. Bogdan Teaca (), attaching a CV that includes details of academic records and listing contact information for one reference (please note that informal records will suffice at this stage; official transcripts will be required should you be invited to submit a formal application).


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