PhD Studentship in Stability of Multiphase Fluid Flows

Closing Date: Friday, 29th November 2013

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey invites applications from enthusiastic and well-qualified students for a PhD studentship in the Stability of Multiphase Fluid Flows.

This PhD project looks at the stability properties of simple two-dimensional flows which contain a second suspended substance such as air bubbles or paper fibres. The project considers both absolute (fills the whole domain) and convective (moves away from the initial disturbance) stability properties. Some simple flows such as mixing layers which are convectively unstable can become absolutely unstable when confined by a solid boundary far from the mixing layer. This project will look at how this transition between convective and absolute instability is affected by the suspended phase.

The project will be supervised by Dr Matthew Turner in the Fluid Mechanics and Meteorology Group. The successful candidate will join this group which has an excellent international reputation and a lively community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Academic members of the group have extensive collaborations and links with other research institutions from around the globe as well as world-leading industries.

In general, the Department of Mathematics hosts four vibrant and highly rated research groups with interests focusing on themes on the interface between pure and applied mathematics. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the Department was ranked 7th out of 42 in the UK for its world-leading research outputs.

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For further information about the Fluid Mechanics and Meteorology Group, see and about the department, see For details about our PhD Programme please refer to

Entry Requirements.

A good MMath, MPhys or MSc degree or a first class honours degree in mathematics, physical sciences or engineering.


The PhD studentships include the tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of about £14,000 p.a. All PhD students have access to funding for travel to meetings and conferences.

How to Apply.

Applicants should complete the on-line application form at

This application must be accompanied by the following:

  • Cover letter (one A4 page maximum)
  • CV including names of academic referees (two A4 pages maximum)
  • Personal statement including research interests and experience (one A4 page maximum)
  • Copy of certified transcript including expected or actual degree class (no page limit)

Accepted minimum font size is 11pt. Once the application form is completed, applicants should confirm their submission by e-mail to

For full consideration, applications should be received no later than Friday, 29th of November 2013. The reviewing process of the applications commences shortly after the deadline.

Informal Enquiries.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the project supervisor Dr Matthew Turner (

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