Research Associate in Scientific Computing of Wave Scattering Problems and Applications

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31604 - £34,520
23 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate in Scientific Computing of Wave Scattering Problems and Applications

Department:Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty: Faculty of Science (

Staff Category: Research

Reference No: 148642

Reports To: Dr Victorita Dolean

Grade: 7

Salary Range: £31604 - £34,520 restricted due to funding

Contract Type: Fixed term (36 months with a start date of 1 January 2019)

FTE: 1.0

Closing Date: Friday, 12 October 2018

Applications are invited for a 3-year full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position on the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded project: "Fast solvers for frequency domain wave scattering problems and applications",  (see the related grant page for a full description This project is concerned with the formulation, analysis, implementation and applications of fast solvers for partial differential equations arising in acoustic, electromagnetic and elastic wave problems, modelled in the frequency domain.  It will be particularly concerned with parallel domain decomposition methods for solving the large ill-conditioned linear systems that arise from typical applications, especially in seismic inversion and in electromagnetics. This appointment is part of a collaboration with University of Bath and EPSRC funding provides for the appointment of two linked PDRAs, one at Strathclyde (Glasgow) and one with our partners at University of Bath.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited to Bath on 6th November where they will give a presentation as part of the selection process and get a tour of the Bath campus.  All shortlisted candidates will then be taken to Strathclyde on the evening of 6th November for formal interviews on 7th November. The Strathclyde PDRA will principally be concerned with the computational and algorithmic aspects of domain decomposition methods for frequency-domain wave problems, their implementation on parallel computers for applications from seismic inversion or electromagnetics. This will be mainly done under the supervision of Dr Victorita Dolean at Strathclyde.  The postholder will also work in close collaboration with researchers involved in the development of high level open source languages for variational discretisations of PDEs such as Freefem++ (Sorbonne Université, Paris), Firedrake (Imperial College, London) and computational frameworks for high performance domain decomposition methods such as hpddm (University of Toulouse). There will be opportunities for collaboration with Pr. Graham (PI at Bath), Drs Gazzola and Spence, and the Bath PDRA, as well as a number of international researchers who will visit Glasgow and Bath during the project.      The post has a start date of 1 January 2019 for a 3-year period, should candidates wish to have an earlier or later start date this can be considered. Candidates are encouraged to apply for both this position and the position at Bath university:

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr. Victorita Dolean, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (


Informal interviews will be held on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at the University of Bath.

Formal interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday, 7 November 2018, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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