PhD position (4 years) in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics

Duration: 4 years
Stipend: €18,000 (£14,100 approx.) per annum
Start-date: 1st October 2015
Deadline: 31st March, 2015

A PhD studentship (funded by the Science Foundation Ireland) is available in the School of Mathematical Sciences in University College Cork. This PhD project addresses the mathematical analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations arising in the study of water waves. In particular, the project will focus on aspects of nonlinear wave-current interactions in the nearshore. The analysis will employ a variety of mathematical approaches, ranging from the rigorous analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations to some numerical studies.

The Department of Applied Mathematics has a strong research focus in the broad area of fluid dynamics, and there are close interdiciplinary connections between the Department and the Hydraulic and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) in UCC, and the recently established Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) research institute.

The PhD project will be under the supervision of Dr. David Henry, and informal inquiries may be addressed to


Candidate Profile

The successful applicant should have a 1st or upper 2nd class honour degree from the Irish or UK system- or the relevant European equivalent- in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. A desirable, although not strictly necessary, background would include knowledge of partial differential equations, mathematical analysis and fluid dynamics. A high standard of written and spoken English is considered compulsory.



The studentship includes an annual stipend of €18,000 (tax-free) along with the full payment of annual tuition fees for European Union students. There will also be funding for international research visits and attendance at international conferences.

NOTE: the studentship does not cover full tuition fees for students from outside the EU.

How to apply

Applications should include a CV (including a breakdown of undergraduate courses taken and the results obtained), a covering letter, and the names and contact details of two academic references. Application materials should be sent as e-mail attachments in PDF format to

Job location: 
School of Mathematical Sciences
University College Cork
Contact and application information
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Contact name: 
Dr. David Henry
Contact email: