PhD studentship in Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in complex flows

We are looking for an exceptional candidate for an EPSRC-funded strategic PhD studentship on the mathematics of harmful algal blooms in complex flows. Candidates should have a first degree in Mathematics, Physics or a related subject, with a keen interest in applying mathematics to an ecological problem of global significance.

Annual bursts in oceanic planktonic productivity fix as much atmospheric carbon dioxide as terrestrial systems: they underpin our climate and are fundamental to the marine ecosystems. However, less predictable local coastal blooms can be harmful; toxins concentrated by fluid flow can contaminate the food chain, impacting health and food supply. The PhD will investigate systematically the triggering of blooms using mathematical modelling, analysis and bio-physical simulation.

The studentship is based in York and fully funded via a University of York EPSRC-funded strategic studentship, with generous annual travel funds, and will build on a new collaboration with Dr Prasad Perlekar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad.

Potential applicants can seek further information from Prof Martin Bees or Dr Jon Pitchford, Mathematics, University of York. Please see the attached Harmful Algal Blooms PhD Advert (PDF  , 463kb).

To apply, please complete the application form by clicking on the relevant “Apply now” link here: , specifying a start date of October 2017 full-time, stating “Strategic Studentship HAB” as the project titile and naming Prof Bees/Dr Pitchford as your potential supervisors.