PhD Studentship in Department of Mathematics, University of Sussex, UK


December 31, 2015


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PhD Studentship in Department of Mathematics, University of Sussex

We are pleased to offer this three-year, fully-funded PhD studentship, available in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Sussex, supported by the Leverhulme Trust research project grant "Novel discretisations of higher-order nonlinear PDE" (RPG-2015-069).

The project aims to derive, implement and analyse numerical schemes for higher-order nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE).

Higher-order nonlinear PDE have emerged as a hot topic in mathematical research and practical applications alike in recent years, driven by modern applications and by the curiosity for a better understanding of their mathematical properties. The geometric interpretation of a large class of these equations as gradient flows has opened a radically new viewpoint on these problems, and allowed for a major breakthrough in their analysis, with exciting and unexpected results. In this project we seek to use this geometric, gradient flow approach as a novel framework for the development of numerical schemes which preserve the equations' special structure at the discrete level.

The project will be supervised by Dr Bertram Düring.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

£14057 (2015-16) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3 years. Full-time study


You should have a Maths or related degree.

In order to qualify for this position you must have resided in the UK or Europe for three years prior to the start of the position.

Application procedure

Apply through the Sussex on-line system

State in the Funding Information section of the application form that you would like to apply for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above.

Applications should include a CV, as well as transcripts of marks obtained on your degree(s) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please also include an overview of why you are suitable for this position and your reasons for applying.


Early application is advised. The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The very latest we can accept an application is 31st December 2015, but the position is likely to be filled before this date.

Start date at Sussex: 1st February 2016

First payment of the award bursary: 1st February 2016

Further information

This is a full-time studentship. With agreement of the supervisor the student may take on a limited amount of teaching, for which additional payment will be made.

The award includes an additional training grant of £1650 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.

The Department of Mathematics research webpages can be found here:

Contact details

Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Bertram During

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Mr Richard Chambers,

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October 27, 2015
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