Research Associate in Numerical Modelling and Structural Geology

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Vacancy Number: 9718BR

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for a European Research Council (ERC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position, forming part of the ERC Starting Grant Action MICA - 'Mechanics of slow earthquake phenomena: an Integrated perspective from the Composition, geometry, And rheology of plate boundary faults'. The Principal Investigator is Dr Ake Fagereng.

Working with Ake Fagereng, Tom Blenkinsop, and Huw Davies at Cardiff University, and Susan Ellis at Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) Science (Lower Hutt, New Zealand), the role of the Research Associate is to use numerical models to analyse potential geological and environmental controls on fault slip style. There is flexibility in the choice of modelling technique and the spatial and temporal scales of interest. The Research Associate will form part of a team that will also include a number of PhD students, collecting field and microstructural data to constrain models. Depending on interests and prior experience, the Research Associate may also participate in field and laboratory work.

In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the MICA project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject. Expertise in numerical modelling and at least one of structural geology, experimental rock deformation, or seismology is essential.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available immediately and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 January 2022.

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number: 9718BR.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Ake Fagereng, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

To apply, please visit our website:

Closing date: Thursday 2 April 2020.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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