PhD Studentships in Fields, Strings, and Geometry



Closing Date: Friday, 28th March 2014 (early applications are encouraged)

The Fields, Strings, and Geometry Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey invites applications from enthusiastic and well-qualified students for PhD studentships across all of the group’s interests. Key areas include:

  • Quantum Field Theory, String and M-Theory, Supergravity
  • Dualities in String and Field Theory
  • Topological Field and String Theory
  • Integrability, Twistor Geometry, Geometric Analysis

For full details about the Fields, Strings, and Geometry Group, please see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/maths/research/groups/fsg/.

The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic group with an excellent international reputation and a lively community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Members of the group have extensive collaborations and links with other research institutions from around the globe.

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.

For further information about the department, see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/maths/ and for details about the PhD programme, please refer to http://www.surrey.ac.uk/maths/study/pgr/.

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

Funding. 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 http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/physicalsciences/mathematics-phd/.

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 [email protected].

We start the reviewing of applications in late January.

PhD Open Day. On Wednesday, 15th of January 2014, the Department will hold an open day for prospective PhD candidates. For details, please see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/maths/files/pgr/Maths_PhD_OpenDay_Univ_Surrey_2014.pdf.

Informal Enquiries. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the PhD Programme Coordinators, Dr Gianne Derks and Dr Martin Wolf ([email protected]).

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