PhD opportunities at MACSI, University of Limerick Ireland

The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), is Ireland’s foremost applied and industrial mathematical science research group and is based at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Limerick.

Our aim is to foster new collaborative research, on problems that arise in science, engineering, and industry. Recent examples of MACSI projects include the modelling of moisture absorption on a silicon chip, information diffusion on Twitter-like networks, modelling telematics data to tackle insurance fraud, and coffee extraction during coffee brewing.

MACSI works closely with national research centres, such as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), the INSIGHT Centre for data analytics, and CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing etc.

We offer an excellent doctoral program in a broad and active research environment. PhD Training at MACSI supports early-stage researchers to develop careers for both industry and academia. MACSI provides researchers with core training in cutting-edge mathematical and statistical techniques with training in transferable skills including communication, entrepreneurship, leadership etc. MACSI PhD students will have the opportunity to carry out research, attend conferences abroad at world leading institutions, and undertake placements in industry.

We have a number of upcoming opportunities for fully funded PhD scholarships (annual tax-free stipend €18,500 and fees) to commence in September 2019. We invite applicants who are passionate about the applications of applied mathematics or statistics to real-world problems who have completed (or near-completion) Master’s/Undergraduate degrees from a variety of areas including; applied mathematics, statistics, mathematical sciences, data analytics, etc.

Current MACSI research interests include but are not limited to mathematical modelling, fluid mechanics, complex systems, differential equations, numerical analysis, inverse problems and optimisation.

Please submit a CV (2-page) and a personal statement to We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until September 2019.

MACSI is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage diverse applicants with regards to disability, gender, family status, race, neurodiversity, religious belief, sexual orientation and membership of the Traveller community.

Personal statements should be 1 page max and outline:

  • Why do you wish to pursue a higher degree by research?
  • Why do you feel there is a specific demand for the skill set that you wish to build? (e.g. careers in industry or academia etc)
  • Why are you particularly suited to this research field?
  • Which of your attributes demonstrate your capability to be a good researcher, e.g. motivation, commitment, thirst for knowledge?Please share with students you think might be interested.
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