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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship - The Numerical Modelling of Small-scale Ocean Processes by Integrating Deterministic and Artificial Intelligence Techniques

From Diego Bruciaferri <>
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Date Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:40:15 +0000

The University of Plymouth is inviting applications for a three-year fully funded PhD position in Numerical modelling of small-scale ocean processes by integrating deterministic and artificial intelligence techniques. The studentship will start on 1 October 2019.

Application deadline is 31 May 2019.

Details are available on the University of Plymouth website:

Project title: The Numerical Modelling of Small-scale Ocean Processes by Integrating Deterministic and Artificial Intelligence Techniques

Director of studies: Professor Georgy Shapiro

2nd supervisor: Dr Sanjay Sharma

3rd supervisor: Dr Jose Ondina


A 3D ocean modelling at small scales is necessary to get correct and timely information of the changes incurring to ocean environment in order to predict the large catastrophic disturbances and take preventive actions to protect the equipment and human life, in particular in the coastal zones of the ocean.

However, high-resolution numerical modelling using the current deterministic approach requires processing of huge amount of data in real-time and put significant stress on computational resources.

For example, the doubling of a 3D model resolution requires a 10-fold increase in computing resources.

Modern artificial intelligence (AI) methods are successfully used in medical research and engineering. The use of AI methods allows combining the benefits of the deterministic approach (solving the equations of motion) and the statistical approach based on the empirical relationship of the model inputs and outputs.

However, despite the great popularity of the AI methods in many fields, there are some obstacles to adapting this to oceanography in a simple or straightforward way.

The aims of this PhD are:

    - Testing a hypothesis that the AI methods can be used in high-resolution 3D ocean modelling
    - Development of an advanced processing technique based on AI methods in order to obtain a fast and efficient model of the small-scale ocean processes
    - Simulation of high-resolution ocean processes using a combination of a 3D deterministic and AI techniques.

The feasibility of the project is supported by both human (expertise of the supervisory team) and computing (HPC cluster) resources.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,777 per annum.

The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications.

Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).


If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Professor Georgy Shapiro. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown on the University of Plymouth website:

The closing date for applications is noon on 31st May 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview within two weeks.

We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by end of April 2019 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Kind regards,



Diego Bruciaferri, PhD Researcher

Plymouth Ocean Forecasting Centre
Coastal Processes Research Group
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,
Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
United Kingdom

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