PhD Scholarship at Swansea University, Wales, UK


Swansea University

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Master’s level degree in the subject of Coastal Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Oceanography or a related field. Applicants should have a solid background in mathematical &/or numerical modelling; some familiarity with the dynamics of tides, waves and morphology would be an advantage

 Project description – The PhD position will be aligned with the recently awarded MORPHINE project funded by EPSRC relating to the performance of beach mega nourishments in the UK context, and provide the applicant with plenty of scope for collaboration with internationally leading researchers. The PhD project will focus on developing new methods of assessing the morphodynamic stability of shoreline shape subject to perturbations. At a practical level, results from the project could contribute to guidance on whether beach interventions, such as removal or addition of sediment, can be expected to evolve smoothly or to generate undulations along the shoreline. Research is expected to comprise the development of analytical theory as well as novel computational methods to generalise the analytical results.

 College of Engineering

The successful applicant will join the Energy & Environment Research Group in the College of Engineering which is accommodated in the University’s new coastal campus ( ). Research within the group is focussed on coastal and estuarine dynamics, hydrology, resource characterisation for and environmental impact of marine and wind renewable energy systems. We have access to our own coastal laboratory as well as high performance computing facilities within the College and the university. The College has a strong research focus and has received over £120 million in research funding since 2008.  The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines, while the Complete University Guide 2016 ranks our General Engineering Research Quality as 6th in the UK.

 Position: PhD scholarship in the College of Engineering, University of Swansea (UK) starting in October 2016 for 3 years, supervised by Professor Dominic Reeve and Dr Harshinie Karaunrathna.  The scholarship includes all fees (Home/EU) plus an annual stipend of £14296. Non-Home/EU applicants may apply but must demonstrate they are able to fund the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees, in totality, prior to commencement of studies.

 Deadline for application: 31st May 2016. If interested please send CV, cover letter and the names and contact details of 2 references to Professor Dominic Reeve ( ).