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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geocomputing and Earthquake Hazard

University of Plymouth - Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Location: University of Plymouth, Plymouth
Salary: £35,326 to £40,927 per annum Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 20th December 2021
Job Ref: A8302

This position is funded as part of a £1.1million UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project. “Quake4D” is a new and exciting project which aims to develop a new approach to calculating seismic hazard, by integrating geologically-rich datasets with state-of-the-art numerical modelling to simulate earthquakes and fault interaction over many millennia.

You will work as part of a team led by Dr Zoë Mildon in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, a large, interdisciplinary School with an enviable record of success and a strong research profile in the physical processes underlying natural hazards. The School comprises nearly 60 academic staff and enjoys excellent support from well-resourced laboratory facilities (including 16 technicians). As well as depth and breadth in and across our subject areas, we have strong academic links across the institution with for example the University’s Sustainable Earth and Marine Institutes.

In this role, you will use physics-based numerical modelling to explore how earthquakes occur in a multi-fault system and to quantify the uncertainties in seismic hazard assessment. You will be responsible for developing and integrating numerical modelling codes to incorporate geological variability into such models. Local and national High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities will be utilised in this role, and it will be important to ensure that the modelling conducted is efficient. This modelling will be combined with high quality geological datasets and will be used to simulate synthetic earthquake catalogues to develop novel ways of calculating seismic hazard assessment.

Training will be provided in the existing software for dynamic rupture and earthquake cycle modelling, and using High Performance Computing facilities, depending on the skill set of the applicant. This is likely to involve travel to Germany and France for a few weeks (COVID-permitting).  Alongside your responsibilities to the position, you will be supported to develop your own independent career and research interests.

As a post-doctoral researcher, you will work closely with Dr Mildon and another post-doc on the project, along with collaborators Dr Jean-Paul Ampuero (Geoazur, Nice, France), Dr Alice Gabriel (LMU Munich, Germany) and WillisTowersWatson (a global multi-national risk management company).

You must have or be close to completing a relevant PhD in a field such as geophysics, gecomputing, earthquakes/seismic hazard or physics. You must have experience of utilising physics-based numerical modelling (e.g. frictional laws, wave propagation) to explore earthquakes. You must be able to work collaboratively and inclusively. You must have a demonstrable interest in improving our understanding of earthquakes and associated seismic hazard. Experience in dynamic rupture modelling and/or earthquake cycle modelling is desirable but not essential. Experience in using or developing code for High Performance Computing is desirable. Experience of publishing and presenting work to a range of audiences is desirable.

This is a 3 year fixed term position, starting in early 2022.  Part time and/or flexible working will be considered and should be discussed with Dr Mildon prior to application.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Zoë Mildon by email zoe.mildon@plymouth.ac.uk

Closing date:  12 Midnight, Monday 20th December 2021

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