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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics of Planet Earth

We are seeking excellent candidates for 14 fully funded PhD positions

We are seeking excellent candidates for 16 fully funded PhD positions, as part of the forth cohort of the newly established EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE), jointly run by Imperial College London and the University of Reading.

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), 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.

fully funded PhD positions

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.

Applications are also invited to a four year studentship with the Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training (MPECDT [mpecdt.org]) in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) starting in September 2017.

The student will be part of the MPECDT programme, which is joint between the Universities of Reading and Imperial College London. This programme comprises an MRes in the first year followed by a PhD for three years. The student will be based primarily at Imperial College London but will also spend time at the NPL (Teddington, South West London), as well as participating in MPECDT events at the University of Reading.

Project title: Bayesian Inference with application to air quality monitoring

Project description: Air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Regulations require air quality is monitored and large scale sensor networks are used to provide point measurements of pollutants. New data analytics is required to convert these point measurements to aggregate measures of air quality, enabling cities to monitor air quality and assess the effectiveness of interventions. This project will develop methodology for improved statistical inference on environmental modelling applications.

For further information on the project please contact Professor Alistair Forbes and Dr Nikolas Kantas.

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