PhD position: The impact of forest roads on
the rate of biological invasion

A fully funded PhD position is available for UK/EU students at the University of Birmingham, UK. A successful candidate will work with Dr Natalia Petrovskaya at the School of Mathematics on the project `The impact of forest roads on the rate of biological invasion'. The aim of the proposed project is to develop a mathematical and computational model of biological invasion to predict how invasive plants will be spreading when the landscape conditions in the forest are changed by building a road. Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics or another mathematically rich subject. Solid knowledge of at least one programming language is required (MATLAB, FORTRAN, C/C++ or similar) and good programming skills are essential. A relevant experience in one or more of the following would be an advantage: numerical methods, the probability theory, ordinary and/or partial differential equations, stochastic processes.

The project is funded under the Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarships programme supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Birmingham. Further information about the Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarships programme, the funding conditions, and how to apply is available at

The closing date for applications is 6th February 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Natalia Petrovskaya at

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