Nottingham is committed to the pursuit of excellence in curiosity-driven research and applied research of the highest international standards. The university is ranked in the top ten UK universities for research income and the top five for research income from industry.
The range of research activities in the Mathematical Sciences is extremely broad - from theoretical research in Pure Mathematics to generic, methodological research in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, which is often motivated by important applications.
There are opportunities in a number of research areas which include:
Funded Research Vacancies
>Scholarship - Statistical Modelling of Root System Architecture - New
University of Nottingham PhD Studentship
Project: Statistical modelling of root system architecture
Supervisors: Andrew Wood, Ian Dryden, Charlie Hodgman, Sacha Mooney, Tony Pridmore
Background: The European Research Council (ERC) and University of Nottingham are co-funding a total of 6 PhD studentships as part of the ERC FUTUREROOTS project awarded to a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Professor Malcolm Bennett based at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology
Outline of project: Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to work on the statistical modelling and analysis of data on root system architecture (RSA) of plants and crops. Relevant scientific background is given below. The PhD project will focus on developing novel statistical methods for modelling and analysing data on RSA. Statistical shape analysis provides many tools for comparing geometrical shapes of objects, but there are non-standard features in the current application that will require the development of novel techniques. A willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment is essential, as is a willingness to learn some biology of relevance to the project. Ian Dryden and Andrew Wood are in the School of Mathematical Sciences . Charlie Hodgman and Sacha Mooney are in the School of Biosciences and Tony Pridmore is in the School of Computer Science .
Entry Requirements:Candidates should have a good first degree (preferably at the level of a first-class degree in the UK context), and/or a suitable MSc, in statistics or a related discipline. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Andrew Wood , but please note that applications should be sent to Jennifer Dewick .
The application should include a CV and cover letter describing your experience and suitability for this PhD position. There is no fixed deadline; applications will be reviewed when they are received and we are looking for the successful applicant to start as soon as possible. Applications should be emailed to Professor Malcolm Bennett’s secretary Jennifer Dewick
> Scholarship - Analysing How Hormone Dynamics Create Plant Root Branches - NEW
School of Mathematical Sciences & School of Biosciences
Fully funded PhD studentship in Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Modelling/Mathematical Biology
Analysing how hormone dynamics create plant root branches
Supervised: by Dr Leah Band, Prof John King and Prof Malcolm Bennett
In collaboration with Prof. Tom Beeckman, University of Ghent.
Plant roots transport water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant, enabling it to grow. Therefore understanding the processes regulating root growth and branching could enable us to produce root structures that maximise water and nutrient uptake and hence improve global food security. In this project, we shall focus on the role of the plant hormone auxin, which is known to control both the direction of the root growth (typically in the direction of gravity) and the formation of root branches.
Auxin moves between plant cells in a complicated manner, due to the spatial distribution of proteins on the cell membranes. This project will involve developing and analysing multicellular models that investigate how the auxin dynamics depend on both this cell-to-cell transport, and hence how these processes regulate root growth. In particular, we shall analyse some new experimental findings on the regulation of root branching, which cannot be explained with our existing models. We shall focus on deterministic models and use a range of techniques, including asymptotic analysis and numerical simulations (exploiting recent modelling developments within our groups).
This project will be based at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, a world-renowned centre for plant modelling, and will involve close collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. By working closely with Prof. Tom Beeckman at the University of Ghent and with other researchers within the University of Nottingham, we shall develop models that reflect the latest experimental findings and that generate novel predictions for testing by these experimental collaborators.
We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics (in exceptional circumstances a 2(i) class degree can be considered), preferably of the MMath/MSc level. Candidates would need to be keen to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interested in learning about plant science; any experience in this field, or in mathematical biology more generally, would be a distinct advantage.
The studentship is available from September/October 2013 and provides an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £13,590 per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees. The studentship period will depend on the training needs of the successful applicant.
Informal enquiries: should be addressed to Dr Leah Band
Applications: should be made through the online application form. Please quote ref: SCI/1233.
Closing Date: This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.
> Scholarships - Statisitcal Modelling of Shape Data
Two PhD studentships are who available to work in the above area starting in September/October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. These studentships will be supported by the School of Mathematical Sciences and are affiliated to an EPSRC grant entitled Statistical Analysis of Manifold-valued data which was awarded to Ian Dryden, Huiling Le, Simon Preston and Andrew Wood, and begins in October 2013. Each PhD student will have two supervisors, at least one of whom will be from the team working on the EPSRC project.
There are a number of PhD projects available including: Statistical Modeling of Cell Shape; High-Dimensional Molecular Shape Analysis; Analysis of Periodic Shape Data; and Comparison of 3-D Shape Curves. Projects will be allocated on the basis of student academic background, student preferences and availability.
For each studentship we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics or Statistics (in exceptional circumstances a 2(i) class degree can be considered), preferably at the MMath/MSc level. Candidates with a solid background in Probability and Statistics and good programming skills will have an advantage.
The PhD programme contains a training element. The exact nature of the training will be mutually agreed by the students and supervisors. The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a selection of taught modules suitable for PhD training.
The studentships are available from September/October 2013 and provide an annual stipend at the standard EPSRC rate (currently £13,590 per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees. Students must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria. The studentship periods will depend on the training needs of the successful applicants.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Andrew Wood:
tel: 0115 951 4983,
Applications will be reviewed on Friday 1st November 2013, although later applications may be considered if a studentship is still available.
Please apply using the online application form and ensure you state clearly what you are applying for.
> EPSRC DTG studentships, School and University funded studentships
Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships in any area of Mathematics, including Statistics and Probability, at the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise all units of assessment performed well with applied mathematics placed 5th in the research power ranking and statistics ranked 6th for quality. Over 95% of research across the school was judged to be of international standard.
The School of Mathematical Sciences is a large and thriving research centre. Areas of research specialism include Algebra, Number Theory, Analysis, Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, Mathematical Medicine and Biology, Complex and Disordered Systems, Continuum Mechanics, Industrial Mathematics, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Information, Epidemic Modelling, Statistical Shape Analysis, Probability Theory and Financial Mathematics.
EPSRC studentships will cover all study fees for EU nationals. For UK nationals, or EU nationals who can demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK (usually established by being ordinarily resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application for an award), it will also provide a stipend for either three or three and a half years, currently £13,726 per annum, increasing in line with the EPSRC rates. Details of eligibility can be found from the Office of Public Sector Information .
School funded studentships and University funded studentships cover all study fees for EU nationals and also provides a stipend for either three or three and a half years at the EPSRC rate mentioned above.
Applicants should have a First or Upper Second class degree in Mathematics or Statistics, or in a subject with a high mathematical content.
Applications should be made online via the Applicants' Portal .
> Scholarships available for UK and EU PhD students
The School has available a number of Studentships for students from the UK and the EU, including EPSRC and BBSRC studentships funded through Doctoral Training Grants, Nottingham University Research Scholarships (URSs) and School Scholarships.
URSs and School Scholarships
The URSs and School Scholarships provide full funding (fees and living expenses) for UK and EU students.
EPSRC and BBSRC Scholarships
The EPSRC and BBSRC studentships provide full funding for UK students and for EU students who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to PhD study, and cover fees only for other EU students.
These studentships are awarded on a competitive basis.
Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence
EU students are also eligible to apply for the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (European Union).To apply for this scholarship you must first apply the school and received an offer of a place and then apply for the scholarship itself. The scholarship deadline is in early March.
> Scholarships for International Students
International Office Scholarships
The university's International Office administers a number of scholarships and assists with external scholarships. Many of the scholarships require an offer from the School before you can apply so early application is encouraged. Once you have an offer from the School we will assist you in applying for scholarships.
The university's Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International)
The University of Nottingham Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) is open to all nationalities. To apply for this scholarship you must first apply the school and received an offer of a place and then apply for the scholarship itself. The scholarship deadline is in early March.
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