PhD Fellowship in Mathematics at University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham has an opening PhD position in mathematics. To be eligible, candidates must be European students. Applications are invited up to April 21, 2015.

Plant roots transport water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant, enabling it to grow. Therefore understanding the processes regulating root growth and branching could enable us to produce root structures that maximise water and nutrient uptake and hence improve global food security. In this project, we shall focus on the role of the plant hormone auxin, which is known to control both the direction of the root growth (typically in the direction of gravity) and the formation of root branches.

Auxin moves between plant cells in a complicated manner, due to the spatial distribution of proteins on the cell membranes. This project will involve developing and analysing multicellular models that investigate how the auxin dynamics depend on this cell-to-cell transport, and hence how these transport processes regulate root growth. In particular, we shall analyse some new experimental findings on the regulation of root branching, which can not be explained with our existing models. We will focus on deterministic models and use a range of techniques, including asymptotic analysis and numerical simulations (exploiting recent modelling developments within our groups).

The studentship is available for immediate start (for 2014/1 or September 2015 and provides an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £ 13,863 per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees. The studentship period will depend on the training needs of the successful applicant.

Application Requirements
We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics (in exceptional circumstances a 2 (i) class degree can be considered), preferably of the MMath/MSc level. Candidates would need to be keen to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interested in learning about plant science; any experience in this field, or in mathematical biology more generally, would be a distinct advantage.

How to apply?
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Leah Band. To apply, please access the link bellow. Please quote ref: SCI/1425. This studentship is open until filled.

Early application is strongly encouraged.

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