Research Fellow in Geomagnetic Forecasting using Computational Optimisation
University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment
United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Geomagnetic Forecasting using Computational Optimisation

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geomagnetism, deep Earth geophysics, or data assimilation? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?


We are seeking a Research Fellow to join our project, working on producing forecasts for the Earth’s internally generated magnetic field over the next 10-100 years, and the quantification of future ground-based space weather hazard. You will work closely with Drs Phil Livermore and Jon Mound, and be based in the deep-Earth research group within the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. This work is part of a UK-wide NERC-funded consortium of research institutes whose focus is on characterising space weather impacts on ground-based systems (see the project website: SWIGS).


Using computational optimisation, you will develop and analyse models of the flow within Earth’s liquid core that produce extreme end-member forecasts of the geomagnetic field, which will bound the range of likely variation of a specific characteristic of the field. In particular, you will determine the structure of core-flow whose associated magnetic field evolution maximizes the displacement of the auroral electrojet over the next century. Along with other consortium members, you will use these forecasts to quantify the future risk of severe space weather events specific to the UK.


You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in geophysics or similar highly numerical discipline with a strong background in computer-based modelling.You will also have the ability to conduct independent research and a developing track record of publications in international journals. In addition, you will have excellent communication, planning, and team working skills.


We are open to flexible working considerations.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Phil Livermore

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0379, email:

Or Dr Jon Mound

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5216, email:


Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment

Category: Research

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.

Working Time: 100%

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31 December 2020 due to external funding)

Closing Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018

Reference: ENVEE1274

Downloads: Candidate Brief

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