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PhD positions in Pore-Scale Simulation and Upscaling Methods

PhD positions in Pore-Scale Simulation and Upscaling Methods

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University of Nottingham, GeoEnergy Research Centre

Nottingham, United Kingdom


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

21 December 2017

Job description

School of Mathematical Sciences
PhD studentship in Mathematical Sciences

Model reduction and homogenisation for filtration and adsorption

Supervised by Dr Matteo Icardi (Mathematics) and Dr. Bagus Muljadi (Engineering)

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham in the School of
Mathematical Sciences in the group of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and in collaboration with the GeoEnergy Research Centre.

Porous media are ubiquitous in natural and engineered transport processes. When colloids or diffusive particles flows through their complex geometrical structure, non-trivial interactions arise between the advection, diffusion, particle-particle and particle-wall interactions. These processes can be modelled and simulated with computationally intensive three-dimensional simulations. In this project, a combination of rigorous multiscale analytical and numerical techniques will be used to derive and calibrate faster and simple models for filtration and adsorption processes. Extensions to include additional phenomena, such as particle-particle interactions, electrostatic forces and electrochemical reactions will be also considered.

The proposed research will be particularly relevant for environmental applications such as groundwater remediation, as well as membrane technologies such as desalination. The development of new efficient, yet accurate models, for these applications is a crucial step towards the understanding and sustainable management of water resources of the planet. The project is part of a wider research effort that sees the collaboration of several UK and international academic partners, and industrial partners in the Environmental, Automotive, and Oil&Gas sector.

Summary: UK/EU students – Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,553 per annum for 2017/18. There will also be some support available for you to claim for limited conference attendance. The scholarship length will be 3 or 3.5, depending on the qualifications and training needs of the successful applicant.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Applied Mathematics (or other fields such as Physics or Engineering, showing evidence of deep knowledge of continuum transport models and numerical methods), preferably at MMath/MSc level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 class degree, or equivalent, can be considered).

Apply: This studentship is available to start in January or September 2018 and remain open until it is filled. To apply please visit the University Of Nottingham application page: specifying in the application the title and supervisors of the project. To speed up the admission process, please forward a copy of the full application material to

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This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.