UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2

Discrete element numerical modelling of the evolution of fault systems

The stages in the development of fault systems, from initiation through localisation to maturity are well established from the study of ancient fault systems. However there are many aspects of fault system evolution that are not yet understood. The extent to which large faults develop from the coalescence of initially isolated faults or establish their lengths rapidly and at low strains, is a matter of significant debate. Similarly relatively little is known about the mechanics of interaction between faults over geological timescales. These issues are not easily addressed using geological data largely due to limitations in temporal and spatial resolution. An approach that can improve our understanding of fault growth is appropriately scaled numerical modelling that complements geological data and analysis. The project will involve numerical modelling of fault system evolution using the Discrete Element approach and comparison between model and real fault systems will establish the extent to which the numerical models are capable of replicating real systems leading to new insights into the mechanics of fault growth over geological timescales. The successful candidate will join an established research team focussed on understanding fault and basin evolution so that the project will be conducted against the backdrop of significant previous and ongoing research into the evolution of fault systems from seismic reflection data.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant research subject area with experience in numerical modelling, ideally using the Discrete Element method. A keen interest in structural geology and fault system evolution as well as an ability to communicate and cooperate with other members of the research team are essential.

Note: For Informal Enquiries only, please email Dr. Conrad Childs (Email: Conrad.childs@ucd.ie ).

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish Time) on 8 January 2019

Salary Ranges:

Post Doc. Level 1: €37,223 - 43,029 per annum (or) Post Doc. Level 2: €44,266 - €48,205 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CVs submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

iCRAG is funded under the SFI Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.

posted: 30 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.