Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Coventry, United Kingdom
£32,823 - £41,536 per annum
13 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 27/09/2019
Faculty / School or Service Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing
Salary £32,823 - £41,536 per annum
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances.
Job category/type Research

Job description

Fixed Term for 27 Months 

A Research Fellow position in theoretical fluid mechanics is offered at Coventry University (UK). The project concerns convection under a magnetic field in theso called "tangent cylinder" region of the Earth's core. Much of the mysterysurrounding the Earth's dynamics (its magnetic field, plate tecnonics) lies inthe nature of the convective patterns within the Earth's liquid core, and inparticular in the region called the "Tangent Cylinder". What are the possibleconvective states under the combined influence of the Earth's rotation andmagnetic field, and how erratic are they? This thesis is part of a theoreticaland experimental research program funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Trust (, that aims at answering these questions. The purpose ofthis thesis is to theoretically predict the possible nonlinear convectivestates for the first time. We will then evaluate which of these states aremostly likely to underpin the Earth's core convection.  

The Research Fellow will conduct the theoretical and numerical analysis of the problem under the joint supervisionof Prof. Alban Pothérat( and Dr Chris Pringle. The study will seek the possible structure of convection by means ofadvanced stability theory and branch tracking method, to unveil the possiblestates. In the frame of the research programme, the work is purelytheoretical/numerical and will be conducted in collaboration with an experimental study that will seek to reproduce and visualise these non-linearstates in an experimental model of the Earth Core.

Successful candidates are expected to hold a PhD in fluid mechanics or a related discipline and to have demonstrated excellent abilities in mathematics and programming.

The successful candidate will be part the vibrant team of internationally recognised academics and PhD students forming the fluid dynamics group withinthe Applied Mathematics Research Centre, whose work has been ranked at 83%world-class at the UK' latest Research Excellence Framework in 2014. This unitis part of the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre, and specialises intheoretical and experimental fluid mechanics. It is especially renowned for itswork on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), turbulence, stability and geophysical flows.The group closely collaborates with partner groups in world-leadinginstitutions in Australia, China, France, Germany and the UK. 

Informal enquiries are welcome: please forward a CV and academic records to Prof. Alban Pothérat (

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