November 4, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD in Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations

The German Research Chair with specialization in Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations at AIMS South Africa, in collaboration with the Communication and Information Theory Chair at TU Berlin, is offering three PhD positions at AIMS South Africa research center in Cape Town. These positions are made available and funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to promote international academics exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries.  Successful applicants will be directed to register to the PhD program through the University of Cape Town, the University of Western Cape or Stellenbosch University.

Scientific interests:

The German Chair’s research, at AIMS South Africa, revolves mostly around problems in Fluid Dynamics, games involving a large number of rational agents and optimal transport.  The program will introduce PhD students to some interesting and challenging problems such as the Almost Axisymmetric Flows arising in Meteorology, Mean Field Games and applications of the theory of optimal transport.


A two-year Master degree (doctoral candidates)

Academic excellence

Strong interest in Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations.

Good communication skills in English

A national of an African country (preferably sub Saharan)

Female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.


The deadline for the PhD application is 19 January 2020.

For any questions, please email

For more information about the position and how to apply please click here

DISCLAIMER: AIMS South Africa reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. AIMS also reserves the right not to make an appointment to the position as advertised or to extend the deadline for applications. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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