Research Fellow in Dynamics and Evolution of Planetary Cores

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Dec 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 02, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geomagnetism, deep Earth geophysics or fluid dynamics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?               

We are seeking a Research Fellow to fulfil a key role in our project by developing computational fluid dynamical models of liquid-solid interactions in planetary cores. The project combines cutting edge experimental data with novel mathematical models to explore the role of two-phase flows in generating planetary magnetic fields. You will work closely with Dr Chris Davies, and be based in the deep-Earth research group within the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. This work is part of a multidisciplinary NSF-NERC-funded collaboration between the University of Leeds and the University of California San Diego linking experimental and dynamical models of planetary cores.

You will produce a computer model that describes the dynamics and evolution of two-phase (solid and liquid) regions in planetary cores, building on and generalising recent work undertaken by the group (Davies and Pommier, 2018Wong, Davies, Jones, 2018). You will apply the model to a variety of settings where solid phases are produced near the top of planetary cores, e.g. the `snow’ of solid iron in small terrestrial cores or the precipitation of oxides in Earth’s core. Working with colleagues at UC San Diego, you will incorporate their new determinations of partitioning behaviour and transport properties of core materials into the model. The aim is to predict the properties of two-phase regions in planetary cores, e.g. their thickness and density stratification, and their role in generating magnetic fields over geological timescales.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in geophysics or a similar highly numerical discipline with a strong background in computational and/or mathematical modelling. You will also have the ability to conduct independent research and a developing track record of publications in international journals. In addition, you will have excellent communication, planning, and team working skills.

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

Dr Chris Davies, Associate Professor in Theoretical Geophysics and NERC Independent Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1140, email:

Location:     Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:     School of Earth and Environment
Category:     Research
Grade:     Grade 7
Salary:     £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able to offer above £33,797 p.a.
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (Fixed term until 30 November 2021 due to external funding)
Release Date:     Monday 02 December 2019
Closing Date:     Thursday 02 January 2020
Downloads:     Candidate Brief

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