RIFT-O-MAT Postdoctoral Research Associate for Fluid-driven fracture of rock and ice (BB-F2073)
Found in: Neuvoo UK
Description:RIFT-O-MAT Postdoctoral Research Associate for Fluid-driven fracture of rock and ice Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford Grade 7: £33,797 - £40,322 p.a. Reporting to Professor Richard Katz, the post holder will be responsible for carrying out research as part of the ERC-funded RIFT-O-MAT project. There is widespread recognition of the central role of magma at plate tectonic boundaries. In models, however, magmatism is treated as a by-product and is excluded from the mechanics. A thorough understanding of the mechanics of plate tectonics requires consistent models of magma-driven fracture and its consequences. Similar statements can be made about ice sheets/shelves, where the role of hydrofracture is only recently coming into focus. Within the project, the post holder will work on both rock and ice and will take the lead in developing analytical treatments of fracture to validate computational models, and developing phase-field based (or other) approaches for fracture propagation and interaction. They will be required to develop, test and refine working hypotheses, and analyse data from a range of sources. They will be expected to manage their own academic research and administrative activities, to contribute ideas for this research project and others, and to represent the group and the project at external meetings/seminars. The post holder will also provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, including PhD and masters students. The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD at the time of starting the post, with relevant experience. They will also possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes and have experience with linear elastic fracture mechanics and/or phase-field modelling of fracture phenomenon. They will have the ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities and have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results. For further details of the responsibilities/duties, please see job description. This post is fixed term for 2 years, with the possibility of extension. Candidates should apply online by midday Friday 30 April 2021. Interviews will be held in mid-May 2021. Due to the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working may be possible in the beginning.
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