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PhD in Fluid Dynamics: High-Speed Flow Phenomena and Interactions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The PhD studentship is in collaboration with AWE Plc. The aim is to understand the processes involved in high-speed flows including turbulence. The project will also involve the development of novel flow diagnostic techniques to improve our fundamental understanding and push the frontiers of fluid science and engineering forward utilising state-of-the-art experimental facilities at Glasgow University.
There is also opportunity to spend some of the research time on secondments in AWE Plc in Berkshire (Science & Technology Division), where world-class research tools and methodologies are developed and applied to study fluid related phenomena in extreme environments, to engage with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and to deploy some state-of-the-art imaging systems that exist at AWE at Glasgow University as part of the study.
Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow has been a home to aerospace research for over 80 years, and today our researchers are tackling the multidisciplinary challenges faced by the aerospace industry in the 21st century. We nurture a strong, diverse research portfolio and have established major initiatives to deliver capability and technologies that contribute to the global aims of greener, faster and safer travel. We have excellent modelling and simulation facilities, we are a hub in the UK’s National Wind Tunnel and ESA’s Plume-Regolith Testing facilities, we are part of the Vertical-Lift Network Consortium, and we house high-speed wind tunnels and shock tubes.

How to Apply: Please send you CV and cover letter directly to Professor Kontis over email:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants for four (4) years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,009 for Session 2020-21). There is opportunity for a secondment to AWEPlc in Berkshire funded by the company on top of the EPSRC grant.

Interested applicants should have a strong interest in fluid dynamics and willingness to learn and develop new techniques. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a good upper-second or first-class honours degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical) or Physical Sciences (Applied Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Optical Physics).

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.90

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