Doctoral student in numerical analysis

Lund University


October 20, 2022


Lund University, Faculty of Science, Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Job assignments The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties may also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Research area Numerical methods for coupled environmental problems

The project is about so called coupled multiphysics problems, specifically the interaction of two partial differential equations across an interface. In particular, we consider environmental models involving air and water flows. Examples are atmosphere-ocean interaction within a climate model or the coupling of groundwater flows with river systems. The standard is a partitioned approach where existing codes for the subproblems are reused and they interact via the exchange of boundary information.

In this project, we design improved partitioned methods for time dependent problems, and analyze their mathematical properties. A key ingredient are so called waveform iterations. The final result of the project will be not only new/improved methods and mathematical results about their properties, but also an implementation in an open source C++ library.

Eligibility A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if they: 1. have been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or 2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or 3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. The head of department may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds.

To be admitted to the third-cycle programme in Numerical Analysis, the student must have passed second-cycle courses in mathematics subjects comprising at least 60 credits, including at least 15 credits in numerical analysis and a degree project of at least 30 credits. The specific entry requirements can also be fulfilled through an equivalent programme. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications other than the applicant's subject-specific competence in Numerical Analysis may be taken into consideration in order to enable interdisciplinary initiatives and important specialisations in certain areas.

Basis of Assessment Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following

  • Knowledge and skills in numerical analysis, specifically numerical methods for differential equations and numerical linear algebra are required.
  • Programming skills, specifically Python and C++ are a strong merit. Experience with Linux based systems is a merit.
  • An assessment of ability to think independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle program.

    The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

    Type of employment Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

    Application procedure Applications shall be written in Swedish or English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, a copy of your Master's thesis (or a summary text if the thesis is not yet completed), contact details of at least two references, copies of grade certificates, and any other documents that you wish to refer to.

    The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    First day of employment According to agreement Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2022/2953 Contact

  • Philipp Birken, senior lecturer, +46462223165/
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • Published 22.Sep.2022 Last application date 20.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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