Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geodynamics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in geodynamics and geodynamic modelling? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research intensive universities?

Closing Date: 28th May 2024

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We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Institute for Geophysics and Tectonics at the University of Leeds. This role is focused on the geodynamics of subduction, and related processes. The Research Fellow will work with Dr Tim Craig and his research group, and will work on the development and application of numerical geodynamic models focused on aspects of the subduction process. There may also be scope to include elements of observational seismology. A number of subject areas are available for study, depending on the Fellows' interests and skills: (a) processes controlling the seismicity within subducting slabs, (b) processes controlling the thermo-rheological evolution of subducting slabs, (c) processes controlling the occurrence of seismicity in the Outer Rise, and (d) processes controlling the interaction between earthquakes.

We are looking for enthusiastic and numerate candidates with experience in geodynamic research. Candidates will have a PhD (or be close to completing one) in an appropriate aspect of solid-Earth geophysics. Ideal candidates will have experience in geodynamics and/or numerical modelling in the Earth Sciences. Strong candidates will have a proven track record of carrying out geophysical research with a focus on geodynamic modelling, including publications (or pre-prints) in high quality internationally-recognised journals.

Funding for this position comes from the Royal Society, and is available for 2 years in the first instance.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Conducting research in numerical geodynamic modelling in a subduction setting;
  • Leading the development of appropriate codes and routines, and benchmarking these against established models as appropriate;
  • Working collaboratively with wider research team on understanding the dynamics of subduction zones;
  • Generating and pursuing independent and original research ideas in the appropriate subject area;
  • Developing research objectives and proposals and contributing to setting the direction of the research project and team including preparing proposals for funding in collaboration with colleagues;
  • Evaluating methods and techniques used and results obtained by other researchers and to relate such evaluations appropriately to your own work;
  • Preparing papers for publication in leading international journals and disseminating research results through other recognised forms of output;
  • Working both independently and also as part of a larger team of researchers, engaging in knowledge-transfer activities where appropriate and feasible;
  • Maintaining your own continuing professional development and acting as a mentor to less experienced colleagues as appropriate;
  • Contributing to the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including assisting with the supervision of projects in areas relevant to the project.

How to apply:

For full details of this position, and to apply, please follow this link, and fill out the application form on our website.

Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr. Tim Craig, for informal enquiries about this position, to discuss the projects available, and to ask any questions about potential applications.

posted: 10 May 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.