Astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Tuition fees, stipend and additional allowances

Duration: Full-Time – four years

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

Project introduction

At Coventry University, the Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) is pushing back research boundaries and delivering real-world solutions to complex fundamental and applied challenges.

Project details

FCS brings together almost 60 leading applied mathematicians, statistical physicists, experimentalists, theoreticians, and specialists in scientific computing, with a focus on measuring and predicting complex fluid/plasma dynamics in real systems.

We are pleased to announce a four year PhD studentship in Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics funded by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Applications are invited from ambitious and self-motivated candidates to work on a broad range of exciting topics in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics, including: solar rotation, convection and evolution, solar flares/sunspots, accretion disks, planetary dynamics, magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, the generation of magnetic fields (dynamos), reconnection and Alfven waves.


Fully-funded (Tuition fees, stipend and additional allowances)


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Eligibility requirements

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average
    PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Eun-jin Kim.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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