Research Studentship in Simulation, Optimisation and Control

Project: Simulation, optimisation and control of multirate dynamics

3.5-year D.Phil. studentship
Supervisors: Professor Sina Ober-Blöbaum

In this project, efficient numerical methods will be developed for the simulation, optimisation and control of dynamics on multiple time and space scales. A particular focus is on structure preserving methods, i.e., methods that preserve for example energy and symmetries of the underlying dynamical system. The methods will used for the optimal control of spacecraft and vehicle dynamics.


This studentship is funded through the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership and is open to both UK students (full award – fees plus stipend) and EU students (partial award – fees only). Full details of the EPSRC eligibility requirements can be found here.

Award Value

Course fees are covered at the level set for UK/EU students (c. £7730 p.a.). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) is c. £15009 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two and a half years.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or Theoretical Physics
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Ability to program in Matlab
  • Prior knowledge/experience of at least one of the following technical areas: optimal control theory, numerical (symplectic) integration, algorithm design, numerical analysis, calculus of variations, variational mechanics, engineering modelling

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Sina Ober-Blöbaum.

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on the course page of the University website.

Please quote 19ENGCON_SO-B in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Application deadline

Noon on 1 March 2019

Start date

October 2019