PostDoc Position at University of Leeds, UK

University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics. 3 year NERC-funded postdoc position.

Applications are invited for a research fellowship funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The project will investigate the convectively driven dynamics of the Earth’s fluid outer core and, in particular, the nature of the reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field. The aim will be to determine the various forms of dynamo action that are possible and to locate the parameter regimes in which reversals may occur, thus improving our understanding of the reversal mechanism. The post will involve the modification and running of existing convective dynamo codes in Cartesian and spherical shell geometries. You will work in close contact with the principal investigator (PI) Professor David Hughes as well as with Professor Chris Jones in the Department of Applied Mathematics. A PhD (or PhD submitted) in the relevant discipline, e.g. Computational Fluid Dynamics or Earth Sciences with computational experience or Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics is essential. Interpretation of the results in terms of geomagnetic data will be performed with the investigators and with Professor Cathy Constable of the University of California, San Diego.

University Grade 6 (£24,520 – £29,249 p.a.) or University Grade 7 (£30,122 – £35,938 p.a.) It is likely that an appointment will not be made above £31,948 p.a. due to funding limitations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor David Hughes, tel +44 (0)113 343 5105 email

Closing Date: 11 June 2012

Interviews are expected to be held 9 July 2012

Further details, including how to apply, can be found at (reference MAPMA0028)

Prof D.W. Hughes
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5105

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