PhD Studentship - Dynamics of complex networks: role of delay, stochastic effects and topology

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three-year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the System Analytics Research Group (SARI) at Aston University.

The position is available to start in October 2018, alternative starting dates in January, April or July 2019 can be negotiated.

Financial support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,005.

Background of the project

Complex networks are omnipresent in science and engineering, from physiology and neuroscience to social networks, power grids, transportation and communication networks. These networks have a structure which is far from random or regular, and not always constant.

This project aims to study the interplay between network structure and its dynamics; it theoretically investigates collective dynamics of coupled nonlinear nodes, as synchronisation, information processing capacity, pattern formation and robustness to noise, with a focus on the role of transmission delays and the interaction of the dynamics with the coupling architecture, and in particular the role of network motifs.

Person specification

The successful applicant should have or expect to have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Physics or Mathematics, and/or a Masters degree in a mathematical physics related topic. Preferred skill requirements include a basic knowledge of dynamical systems and chaos theory.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the System Analytics Research Group, contact Dr Otti D’Huys by email (

If you require further information about the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here. Applications must also be accompanied by a personal statement explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project, and demonstrates your understanding of the research area.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter (, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via