September 2013
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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship

From Richard Scott <>
Cc Chuong Van Tran <>, Magda Carr <>, David Dritschel <>
Date Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:51:29 +0100 (BST)

School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews

The School of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews invites
applications for an EPRSC funded PhD studentship in the Vortex
Dynamics Research Group.  Research projects are available across a
wide range of areas of geophysical fluid dynamics, including, but not
limited to the following:

1. Three dimensional vortex dynamics: the stability and interactions
of coherent vortices in a Boussinesq fluid; the spontaneous generation
of unbalanced flows from unsteady balanced flows.

2. Geostrophic turbulence: the formation and maintenance of zonal jets
in atmospheres and oceans and their interaction with waves and eddies;
mixing properties and zonal jets as transport barriers.

3. Large-scale dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere and climate:
coupling processes between the stratosphere and troposphere, and
between tropical and midlatitudes; atmospheric transport and mixing.

4. Internal solitary waves in the Ocean: numerical and experimental
modelling of (i) re-suspension events associated with internal
solitary waves and (ii) the interaction between surface waves and
internal waves.

5. Fundamentals of hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic turbulence:
theory of energy transfer, dissipation, and solution regularity;
direct numerical simulation of turbulent cascades in two and three

6. Numerical methods in geophysical fluid dynamics.

Potential funding is available immediately to exceptional candidates
via an UK EPSRC doctoral training grant on a first come, first served
basis, with an anticipated start date prior to January 2014.
Applications are also invited on an ongoing basis for PhD positions
anticipated to begin in September 2014.

Informal enquiries are welcome to David Dritschel (
or Richard Scott (  Formal applications should
be made to the University of St Andrews via the electronic application
form available at

Further information about the Vortex Dynamics Research Group is
available at

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