Research Associate - Modelling Multi-Phase
Flow in Magma Reservoirs

Salary: Level B £37,904 - £45,547 per annum
Location: South Kensington, London

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Novel Reservoir Modelling and Simulation (NORMS) Group in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The NORMS group develops and applies new methods to accurately simulate multiphase flow and transport processes in models of complex geological reservoirs. Applications of the research are numerous and include prediction of groundwater flow, geothermal reservoir performance and magma reservoir processes. The particular focus of this post will be on the use of novel numerical methods, including dynamic adaptive meshing, to model and investigate the movement of fluids in crustal magma reservoirs. Such reservoirs are a critically important part of the plumbing system that delivers magma to volcanoes, and metal-rich fluids to ore deposits, yet the fluid dynamical processes that occur within these reservoirs remain poorly understood. There is a significant gap in knowledge that will be explored within this project.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work within a large multi-disciplinary research group, developing and applying advanced modelling techniques to problems of broad interest and significance in Earth Science. The post forms part of a large, cross-disciplinary and multi-institution research project (FAMOS - From Arc Magmas to Ore DepositS) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The overall aim of this large consortium project is to understand the processes within crustal magma reservoirs that deliver the metal-rich fluids that form copper porphyry ore deposits.

The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the multidisciplinary team already in place within the NORMS group, developing novel computational methods for modelling and simulation of multi-scale, multi-phase flows, and also with colleagues across the FAMOS consortium. You will be expected to regularly publish papers in leading international journals, and give presentations at relevant international conferences.

To be eligible for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • You should possess a PhD, or equivalent, in a numerate subject area such as Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or Geoscience.
  • You should have experience in the development and application of numerical methods for the solution of systems of PDEs, ideally on unstructured grids using finite element methods for fluid dynamics applications.
  • You should preferably have experience in code development and implementation in a large, multi-developer environment
  • Experience of modelling multi-phase flow in porous media, and high performance computing would also be advantageous.

Further Information

This is a fixed term post for two years.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Matthew D. Jackson (+44 20775946538 /

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: and search using reference number ENG00450. Applications must include College application form quoting job reference number on the form, together with a CV.

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Closing date: 01/01/2019

posted: 12 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.