Cardiff University
Cardiff, UK
Research Associate in Mantle Circulation Modelling

(Grade 6) £33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Vacancy Number: 10031BR

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 4 year Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position. This position will form the central part of the NERC Large Grant Project - MC2 - 'Mantle Circulation Constrained (MC2): A multidisciplinary 4D Earth framework for understanding mantle upwellings'. The Principal Investigator (PI) of MC2 is Prof. Huw Davies.

Working with Huw Davies the role of the Research Associate is to use numerical mantle circulation models to better understand mantle upwellings. The interdisciplinary 4 year MC2 project, will bring together constraints from mineralogy, seismology, core dynamics and paleomagnetism, dynamic topography, petrology and geochemistry to constrain these mantle circulation models over the past 1 Ga, but especially the past 300 Ma. This project will involve the PDRA in close collaboration with Investigators and Research Associates at the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway University of London, and University College London, and with project partners at ANU, Bern University, ENKI, Lille University, Strasbourg University and Sydney University, and industrial project impact partners.

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 MC2 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 mantle studies is essential.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available from 1 October, 2020 and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 September 2024.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Huw Davies, email:

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

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.

Closing date: Friday 28 August 2020.

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

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.

posted: 04 August 2020

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