Research Associate of Physics
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Research Associate of Physics

We would like to appoint a post-doctoral researcher in computational geophysics at the University of Cambridge for a fixed term of 36 months. The focus of the project is the development of new open-source finite-element code for forward and adjoint modelling of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) and sea level change. The successful candidate will contribute to the development this code, taking the lead on the high performance computing aspects, while working closely with the PI on theoretical developments. This work forms part of broader collaborative efforts to address the GIA inverse problem in laterally heterogeneous Earth models. Work in this area is necessary for studies of both past and present-day climate change while it will also provide valuable constraints on the mantle's structure and rheology.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in computational (geo)physics or a related field. We are looking for a candidate with substantial experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations and in high performance computing (HPC). Detailed knowledge of one or more of C++, C or Fortran will be essential. The candidate should also have experience in writing and running massively parallel codes on HPC systems. Prior experience with inverse problems and adjoint methods is desirable but not essential. The successful applicant will have a strong publication record, commensurate with their career stage, good communication skills and be able to take up the appointment between 1 September and 1 November 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

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