Research Associate - Numerical Modelling of Copper Transport in Sedimentary Basins

Salary: £40,858 - £48,340 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 successful applicant will use novel numerical methods to model and investigate the flow of copper-rich fluids in sedimentary basins. Flow of such fluids and associated reaction with the surrounding rocks is a critically important part of the system that delivers copper to form ore bodies in sedimentary rocks, yet the fluid dynamical processes that occur remain poorly understood. There is a significant gap in knowledge that will be explored within this project. Discovery and responsible exploitation of these copper deposits makes an essential contribution to the energy transition.

Duties and responsibilities

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 (CuBES - Copper Basin Exploration Science - funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The overall aim of this large consortium project is to understand the processes within sedimentary basins that form copper ore deposits.

Essential requirements

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

  • A PhD, or equivalent, in a numerate subject area such as Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or Geoscience.
  • 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 up to 21 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum

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

To apply, visit and search by the job reference ENG01500

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Closing date: 11th January 2021

posted: 14 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.