Project: Mathematical modelling of wrinkles in viscous sheets Supervisor: Dr. Doireann O’Kiely
Location: MACSI, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick Start date:
Autumn 2023: applications will be considered on a rolling basis from 15 May until this position is filled. PhD structure: This project is a full-time 4-year structured PhD project based in the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Limerick. The funding includes a tax-free stipend along with expenses for computing equipment, conference travel and materials. Home/EU fees are provided for in the funding; international students will need to apply for a fee waiver from the University of Limerick.
PhD topic: Wrinkles appear in many situations where thin sheets undergo direct or indirect compression. Everyday examples include deflating balloons and stretched plastic wrapping. In technology, wrinkles can be used to redirect light in photovoltaics, they can act as microchannels for microfluidic devices, and they provide flexibility in electronic circuits. They also appear in as an unwanted by-product in the manufacture of glass screens and metal parts. Mathematical modelling plays a key role in improving our understanding of wrinkles, allowing them to be avoided when they are problematic, and exploited where they are useful.
Currently, mathematical modelling of wrinkles focuses on idealized, purely elastic behaviour. Many real-world materials display other behaviours, such as plasticity or viscous flow. The goal of this PhD project is to develop a mathematical framework for modelling and controlling wrinkles in sheets of viscous fluid. This will involve the use of differential equations together with dimensional analysis and/or scaling analysis to create a mathematical model, and the use of perturbation methods/asymptotic analysis together with scientific computation/numerical methods to make predictions. Please note that this is not a Computational Fluid Dynamics project, and the research will have a strong emphasis on mathematical analysis.
Requirements: Applicants should have (or be on track for) at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering or a closely-related discipline. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in high-level mathematics and continuum mechanics. Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to demonstrate their competence in the English language in line with University of Limerick requirements.
Funding notes: Stipend of €19,000 per year for four years, with budget for travel and laptop. Fees for Home/EU students will be covered automatically, while international students can apply for a fee waiver from the university.
Application: Applicants should email Dr Doireann O’Kiely (email@example.com) to apply with a 2-page CV and a short cover letter/statement of purpose (2 pages max) indicating how their skills align with the project and their motivation for applying. The application CV should, at minimum, include the applicant’s name, education institution, qualification stating overall grade/percentage (predicted grades are acceptable for those still studying) and contact details of two academic referees.
Informal queries are also welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a re-advertisement of the position Mathematical models for wrinkle technology [fluid mechanics]; previous candidates do not need to re-apply.
Project topic: Digital Health in Cancer.
Project lead: Prof Aedin Culhane
Project location: School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Queen's University Belfast
Application deadline: June 15th, 2023
Start date: Successful applicants should be registered by September 2023.
The eHealth-Hub for digital health research in cancer is an All-Island collaboration between the University of Limerick Digital Cancer Research Centre (LDCRC), and Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen's University Belfast, which was recently established with a 4-million-euro award from the Higher Education Authority Shared Island programme. The eHealth-Hub for Cancer partners with seven universities, eight hospitals, industry, and international partners. Multidisciplinary teams of bioinformatics, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, software developers, clinicians and cancer doctors are developing new innovative algorithms and software to advance cancer digital health and real-world evidence research. The LDCRC is a recently launched research centre of excellence, that includes over 100 scientists and 10 research labs that provides an interdisciplinary, creative, scientific environment and is supported by high-end, innovative technologies in single cell spatial biology, biomaterials engineering, software engineering, data science and bioinformatics.
We are looking for 5 PhD students to work on cutting-edge cancer health data science research. Fully funded PhD studentship includes a tax-free stipend (with fees paid) along with expenses, 12-month travel to partner sites and materials are available.
Key Research Hub Areas:
Computational Cancer Genomics
Digital Health Software Development
Cancer Data Science
Real World Data Research
Faculty: School of Medicine
Skills and Competencies:
The PhD students will be responsible for the development and application of novel methods and techniques on data from all-island cancer electronic health data to harmonise cancer data and build federated cancer eHealth research that will leverage national, EU and global data. We will develop next generation clinical- decision making applications that match patients’ cancer data to clinical trials and targeted therapy.
An extensive training program in software development and cancer real-world evidence research will be provided to students. Students will have state-of-the-art local and cloud computing facilities, be immersed in an exciting, well-funded academic environment, and will have opportunities to attend national and international conferences. Students will actively contribute to global open-source software projects in digital health, work with international consortium OHDSI, HL7-FHIR, R /Bioconductor and deliver high-impact, all-island and pan-EU research that informs cancer research, patient care and public health policy.
The successful candidate will…
- Be passionate about data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
- Be enthused by the opportunity to work closely in a multidisciplinary team with clinical collaborators and advance cancer research.
- Strong analytical or problem-solving skills.
- Have strong computational skills (e.g., Python, R, Java, C/C++, etc.)
- Be self-motivated, output driven, and have good communication and presentation skills.
The following attributes are desirable, but not required:
- Knowledge of natural language processing
- Experience working with clinical informatics data, clinical ontologies.
- Knowledge of cancer genetics and genomics
- Knowledge of relational databases, ETL and data API concepts
- Working with open-source software (e.g., OHDSI, R, Bioconductor)
- Track record in presentation or publication of research
Entry Requirements: (one of the following)
- At least a master’s degree in statistics, epidemiologists, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering or a related quantitative discipline.
- At least a bachelor's degree (2.1 honours, GPA 3.0 equivalent or higher) in the biostatistics, epidemiologists, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering or a related quantitative discipline. Candidates with relevant work experience strongly preferred.
- Candidates with a degree in another domain with relevant work experience.
Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to demonstrate their competence in the English language in line with University of Limerick requirements.
Students must have 6.5 IELT English language.
Both EU and non-EU applicants will be eligible for a full award including a tax-free stipend of at least €18,500 per year for four years, with full fees paid and budget for up to 12-month travel to partner sites and materials provided.
Prospective applicants should email to eHealth@ul.ie by 15th June 2023.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Short cover letter indicating your motivation (maximum of 2 pages)
- A statement on software development experience.
- A link to your GitHub account.
- 2 Referees
- Please include “PhD Application” and your name in the subject line.
Applications should be submitted in PDF format only. The PhD Studentship will commence in September 2023.
The successful candidate will be required to apply formally to be admitted as a PhD student by the University of Limerick.
Informal queries can be made to Aedin Culhane by emailing eHealth@ul.ie. Website eHealth4Cancer.org, Related recent news coverage; RTE Brainstorm article.
Opportunities for 2 Year Funded Masters by Research in Sustainability
20FIFTY Partners currently has a number of 2 year, fully funded masters by research opportunities on offer. The successful candidates will come from a suitable environmental, engineering, scientific, business or data analytics background and work on projects in one of the following areas: -
- Best practices in Water Stewardship across Irish Industry in context of the forthcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
- Best practices in Emissions Reduction across Irish Industry in context of the forthcoming CSRD mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
- Best practices in Biodiversity Action across Irish Industry in context of the forthcoming CSRD mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
- Best practices in Circularity across Irish Industry in context of the forthcoming CSRD mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
- Best practices in Pollution Prevention and Control across Irish Industry in context of the forthcoming CSRD mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
- Best practices in sustainable supply chain management across Irish Industry
- Best practices in data management and analytics for managing sustainability needs and forthcoming reporting requirements across Irish industry
- Corporate HRM development across Irish Industry in the context in context of the forthcoming CSRD mandatory reporting requirements for large firms
Participants will be provided with extensive skills development opportunities through existing 20FIFTY Partners programmes. Throughout the two years participants will get the opportunity to network with a wide range of sustainability experts and professionals in this field.
The successful candidates will be based at the Research Centre at 20FIFTY Partners HQ on the National Technology Park adjacent to the University of Limerick. Candidates may be offered the option of a contract extension for a third year to include a placement in industry providing real-life experience of the challenges for business in implementing sustainability programmes.
What we offer
- a stipend of €18,500 per annum for 2 years
- a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum and
- eligible direct research expenses of up to €3,250 per annum
- A year three placement option
Applications are welcome from graduates with a minimum grade of 2.1. in a relevant discipline
Note that awards, made to applicants awaiting results, are subject to the student achieving at least a 2.1 in their degree.
Applicants required to have a visa to study in Ireland must hold a valid visa at the time of application and extend to cover the period of the Masters programme (3 years).
Applicants if selected will be required to take part in an interview and assessment process
Course will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
How to apply
Expressions of Interest are currently being sought by way of CV, a personal statement outlining your key research interests and motivations and two referees (one must be your academic supervisor).
Applicants who may have funding from other sources should provide details of this funding. Applicants who are required to have a visa should also provide sufficient details required to support their application and expiry dates of the visas held.
Submissions by email to email@example.com