• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    If you would like to conduct a PhD in one of the following areas, please do not hesitate to contact me:
    - Geophysical fluid dynamics
    - Computation of rare events
    - Turbulence in BECs or superfluids
    - Wave turbulence

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    Personal profile


    Originally trained as a mathematician, I am now a multi-interdisciplinary mathematical physics researcher working on the frontiers of nonlinear waves (wave turbulence, solitons, rogue waves), turbulence (classical, 2D and geophysical, quantum and superfluid), and nonlinear optics (liquid crystals, optical fibres).

    Research Highlights

    • 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter, 4 conference proceedings.
    • 30+ invited oral presentations, 10+ invited seminars.
    • Publication citations > 750, h-index = 13, i-10 index = 13.
    • >£500,000 in research funding as PI.
    • Journal reviewer for over 12 journals (APS, AIP, CUP, Elsevier, IoP, Royal Society).
    • Organiser for 8 international workshops and conferences.
    • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and EPSRC Early Career Forum for Mathematical Sciences.

    Research Interests

    My present research interests include the following topics:

    Wave Turbulence

    • Optical wave turbulence
    • Gravitational wave turbulence in cosmology
    • Strong wave turbulence

    Quantum and Superfluid Turbulence

    • Vortex dynamics
    • Analogies to classical turbulence flows
    • Kelvin waves

    2D and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

    • Structure and formation of large-scale mean flows
    • Turbulent statistics

    Nonlinear Optics

    • Soliton and optical vortex formation
    • Modulational instability
    • Soliton turbulence

    Those interested in pursuing a research project in one of these areas may contact me and may also consider applying for one of the following postdoctoral research fellowships:

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • 2021 (PI) Leverhulme Trust Project Grant, A Mathematical Approach to Taming Optical Turbulencevalue £191,321
    • 2019 (PI) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) grant, Hydrodynamical Approach to Light Turbulence (HALT), value €294,000.
    • 2018 (PI) NVIDIA GPU Grant , value £1,500.
    • 2017 (PI) EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network Special Interest Group (SIG) in Wave Turbulence, value £12,000.
    • 2012 (PI) HPC-Europa2 Transnational Access Grant, value £3,000.

    Teaching Activity

    I am the module leader for the following undergraduate modules

    • AM10PS Probability and Statistics
    • AM10DI Probability Distributions
    • AM41RS Specialist Research Skills and Techniques

    Continuing Professional Development

    I hold SFHEA status and have an MEd in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.


    Mathematics Tutorial Ambassadors

    I am organiser for the Mathematics Tutorial Ambassador scheme whereby final year students are employed to support first-year tutotial classes in the mathematics group at Aston.

    Big Bang Fair

    I am the principle academic support for Aston University's mathematics contirbutions to the annual Big Bang Fair (the UK's largest science fair).


    • 2022 - Present: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Aston University.
    • 2016 - 2022: Lecturer in Mathematics, Aston University.
    • 2012 - 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
    • 2010 - 2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratoire de Physique, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France.

    Contact Details

    Room: MB313G

    Email: j.laurie@aston.ac.uk

    Phone number: 0121 204 4766

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Warwick


    Award Date: 24 Jan 2011


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