Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Bioengineering Group

Contract: Full Time Fixed Term for 7 months
Interview Date: To be confirmed

You will work on the mathematical modelling of plant-soil interactions on the project entitled “UK - China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy (CINAG)” which is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

You will be responsible for delivery of the mathematical modelling component of the project. The modelling for this project consist of analysis and numerical solutions of partial differential equations describing partially saturated water and nitrogen flow in the soil. The analysis techniques that will potentially be of use for addressing this problem are: asymptotic analysis, multi-scale analysis and numerical solution of partial differential equations using methods of finite difference, finite element and/or spectral methods. The knowledge of statistical methods and how to use them in the context of modelling with partial differential equations will also be useful.

Candidates should be educated to PhD standard in a numerate subject (i.e. applied mathematics, computational engineering, computational civil engineering or any other computationally competent subject). Willingness to travel will also be required (e.g. to the partner institutions and the CINAG project meetings). An essential part of the post will be to integrate within the existing research group of Professor Tiina Roose at the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, University of Southampton, present at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed academic journals.  

The project is being led by Rothamsted Research (Dr Tom Misselbrook), but is in direct collaboration with the University of Southampton (Prof. Tiina Roose) and Bangor University (Prof. Davey Jones).

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Tiina Roose at

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Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be assigned.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Matt Saxby (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 943517BX on all correspondence.

Please note: The University will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 to Wednesday 3 January2018, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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