3 Year Research Associate Position in Mantle Geodynamics

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (Cardiff University)
Location: London, UK and Cardiff, UK

This Natural Environment Research Council funded project will investigate the interaction of subducting slabs with the mantle transition zone, using a parallel, unstructured, adaptive mesh geodynamic code. The overall aim is to understand, using these advanced numerical simulations, how the transition zone acts as a valve, letting some, but not all slabs pass through into the lower mantle.
It is led by Dr. Huw Davies (Cardiff University) who will oversee the modelling, with co-Investigators Dr. Rhodri Davies (Imperial College London), Dr. Saskia Goes (Imperial College London) and Dr. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni (University College London) leading model development, seismic constraints and mineral thermodynamics respectively.

We are looking for a motivated, experienced scientist with a strong track record in computational modeling and programming.  A PhD (or imminent award) or equivalent in a subject related to geodynamical modelling is essential.  A good record of publications in international journals is desired.
The successful candidate will reside in London, working at Imperial College, during year 1 and in Cardiff, working at Cardiff University, during years 2 and 3.  A contribution towards relocation costs is available.
This post is available immediately.  The position is fixed-term for 3 years.  This is a full-time position of 35 hours per week.

Salary: £30122 – £35938 per annum (Grade 6).  We do not expect the appointment to be made below £32901 per annum.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Huw Davies
for an application form quoting vacancy: 2012/0016.
Closing date:  17:00GMT on Friday 10 February 2012.