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Marie Curie Early-Stage Researchers in Mathematical Modelling

Are you a rising star in the field of Mathematical Modelling, in the first years of your research career and based outside the UK? Would you like to carry out research and participate in the activities of the European Union (EU) funded H2020 Marie Curie European Industry Doctorate project Eagre/Aegir: high-seas wave-impact modelling”, involving the University of Leeds and the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)? 

Eagre is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie project for European Industry Doctorates. Its primary objective is to train new mathematical modellers, who will be able to solve problems in maritime engineering based on advanced mathematical and numerical analysis, the efficient implementation and testing of this analysis in finite-element simulations and validation against wave-tank data. Eagre will train two Early Stage Researchers both at the University of Leeds (first 18 months) and at MARIN (second 18 months), bringing together proven expertise in mathematical and numerical modelling as well as maritime engineering from renowned European academic and private institutions.

You will carry out research and participate in the activities of Eagre, a new Marie Curie European Industry Doctorate project (EID) devoted to the science of extreme water-wave modeling and water-wave impact on (wind-turbine) structures. Two research topics are investigated. The first project “ExtremeWaves” concerns computational and mathematical modelling using advanced geometric methods with wave generation, breaking, and currents. The second project “WaveTurbineImpact” concerns the computational and mathematical modelling of water-wave impact on dynamics and flexible (wind-turbine) structures. Both projects include comparison with available (and possibly new) wave-tank data at MARIN.

The first ESR project “ExtremeWaves” involves performing original research, at a level suitable for a PhD, under the supervision of the project managers, consistent with the research plans of “ExtremeWaves”. It includes becoming an expert in nonlinear wave modeling using applied mathematics, finite element methods and wave modeling. The second ESR project “WaveTurbineImpact” involves performing original research, at a level suitable for a PhD, under the supervision of the project managers, following the research plans of “WaveTurbineImpact”. It includes becoming an expert in nonlinear wave modelling and hydro-elastic theory using applied mathematics and finite element methods. Both projects will include validation against wave-tank data in a maritime research environment.

An Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position is a Marie Curie Fellowship for postgraduate research and concerns study towards a doctoral degree (PhD). ESRs are normally based outside the country of their nationality, in this case both the UK and The Netherlands. The EID project provides an excellent opportunity for scientific and personal development, with regular training courses in scientific and general transferable skills both at the University of Leeds, in the UK, and at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), in the Netherlands. There is also the chance to meet and to discuss problems with leading scientists (including several international visiting scientists) and maritime-engineering experts in the field. 

Supervisors (for both ESRs) are: Prof Onno Bokhove (School of Mathematics), Dr. Sanne van Essen, and Dr. Tim Bunnik (MARIN). The research performed will form all or part of your studies towards a postgraduate research degree (PhD) in mathematics in Leeds. You will have an undergraduate (BSc honours or MSc) degree (with a minimum 2.1 degree or above or equivalent) in a closely related discipline (physics, mathematics, engineering) with relevant theoretical and computational experience. 

Important eligibility rules for this position: 

There are no restrictions on applicants’ nationality, but:

  • Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree that would entitle you to embark on a PhD;

  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the Eagre project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


The Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellowship offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidate will receive a salary in accordance with the Marie Sklodowska Curie regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be based on a living allowance of €3,741 per month and a mobility allowance of €600 per month. Additionally, you may also qualify for a family allowance of €500 per month depending on personal circumstances. The final salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be subject to tax and employer’s and employee’s National Insurance deductions, and will be paid in UK Sterling (£) using an appropriate conversion rate.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Onno Bokhove, Chair in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9751 or Email: 

Further information  

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mathematics
Category:  Research
Grade:  Off grading structure
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 months due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 05 May 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 07 June 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSMA1019
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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