Research Fellow in Computational Modelling of Volatiles in the Earth’s Mantle

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in computational mineral physics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

Working with Dr Andrew Walker as part of the NERC-funded strategic research programme ‘Volatiles, Geodynamics and Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet’. The role will involve making use of atomic scale simulation techniques to explain the mechanism by which the addition of trace amounts of hydrogen to Earth’s upper mantle leads to dramatic changes in mantle rheology and to explore how this process controls global geodynamics.

You will be based in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics in the School of Earth and Environment. You will be a member of the Deep Earth research group, which has interests including the dynamics of the outer core and the formation of the geodynamo, mantle properties and processes, and global seismology. You will also collaborate with members of the wider research programme, in particular those undertaking atomic scale simulation, deformation experiments, and simulations of mantle dynamics based at University College London, the University of Manchester, Durham University, and the University of Liverpool.

You hold a first degree and PhD (or be close to completion) in physics, chemistry, geophysics or a closely allied discipline. As you will undertake simulations of point defects and dislocations in upper mantle minerals making use of density functional theory and force-field based methods, some background in the use of atomic scale methods for the study of materials or minerals is essential for this role. Knowledge of deformation mechanisms in mantle minerals, and an understanding of how these relate to planetary scale dynamics would be an advantage.

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

Dr Andrew Walker, NERC Independent Research Fellow

Tel: +44(0) 113 343 3803, email:

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