PhD studentship in Virtual Human Cardiovascular Modelling & Simulation


Supervisor: Professor P. V. Coveney

Start date: March 2021

UCL Chemistry Department is offering a fully funded studentship for three years to a highly motivated candidate to start in March 2021. The project will involve a collaboration with CBK Sci Con and is co-funded by them. CBK is a sci-tech consultancy devoted to the provision of high end scientific, technical and management advice to businesses in computational science domains. This will enable the student to gain a thoroughly rounded view of the research landscape in computational science, including the vital importance of disseminating their research findings within academia, industry, governmental organisations, and the general public.

The student will work on scientific applications of HemeLB, a flexible open source lattice-Boltzmann code for the simulation of human vasculature, and the Alya Red code for human heart modelling, at the scale of the entire human body. The coupled code, running on powerful supercomputers, will be used by the post-holder for research in physiology and medicine within the Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine. In addition to the development and application of the code, including verification, validation and uncertainty quantification, the student will facilitate uptake of these software within the wider computational biomedicine community.

The prospective candidate will join a very active multidisciplinary group at UCL producing research in wide-ranging applications, from biomedicine to advanced materials and quantum computing, and leading a number of large European and national projects giving exceptional opportunities for expanding the candidate’s network and experience.

The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent and must have a strong background in one or more of physics, computer science, computer engineering, applied mathematics or chemistry. Familiarity with one or more programming languages would be a distinct advantage (e.g. C/C++, Python, etc.).

Interested candidates should initially contact supervisor at p.v.coveney "at" with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in this project. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Suitable applicants should complete an electronic application form here. They will be invited for the interview no more than 4 weeks after the application deadline Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac at j.butorac "at"