Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geodynamic Modelling of Deep Carbon Transport in Subduction Zones

University of Oxford - Department of Earth Sciences

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a.

This job is part of a project that investigates volatile transport in subduction zones. The objective of the project is to establish and analyse a numerical model of the porous migration of volatile-bearing fluids/melts, as well as the chemical interactions along flow pathways.

The post holder will be required to conduct research on two parts of the project. These two parts are given in the next two paragraphs.

The thermodynamic modelling part requires that the post holder to perform phase diagram calculation on representative lithologies in subduction zones, e.g., MORB, gabbro, metasediments, carry out parameterisation to fit the phase diagram results, code the parameterisation up as a standalone module and to complete the documentation of the model.

The geodynamic modelling part requires the post holder to implement the coupling between the thermodynamic model and two-phase finite element model, in collaboration with Dr David May and compile and assemble the results from above for further research proposals to, e.g., the Deep Carbon Observatory of the Sloan Foundation, or other relevant funding agencies.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in geosciences, with background in geodynamics, petrology and geochemistry. You will require experience in numerical modelling and reactive fluid flow, as well as experience with equilibrium phase diagrams calculations, numerical solution of PDEs and programming in C, Matlab and PETSc.

This is a fixed-term contract until 1 April 2018.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 10 November 2017 will be considered.

Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. All candidates will be evaluated for employment without regard to gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. The department holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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