Research Associate in Mathematics

Job summary

Fixed Term for 36 Months Applications are invited from a talented individual with strong computational skills to join Dr Colin Cotter’s research group in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London as a Research Associate in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, and in strong collaboration with Prof Beth Wingate (University of Exeter), Dr Bin Cheng (University of Surrey) and collaborative partners at the Met Office.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00175
  • Date posted 14 May 2018
  • Closing date 3 June 2018

Job description

Job summary

Fixed Term for 36 Months

Applications are invited from a talented individual with strong computational skills to join Dr Colin Cotter’s research group in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London as a Research Associate in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, and in strong collaboration with Prof Beth Wingate (University of Exeter), Dr Bin Cheng (University of Surrey) and collaborative partners at the Met Office.

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will work as part of a multi-institutional team applying numerical averaging techniques to design and build time-parallel integration algorithms for highly oscillatory geophysical fluid dynamics. The project involves a multidisciplinary team spanning expertise in geophysical fluid dynamics, analysis of PDEs, and scientific computing, and is part of a broader effort developing time-parallel algorithms in the UK involving collaborations at Imperial College London, University of Exeter, University of Surrey and University of Leeds.

This post is an exciting opportunity to combine recent mathematical advances in averaging and time-parallelism by Wingate, Cotter, Cheng and colleagues with the compatible finite element technology being developed for numerical weather prediction and ocean modelling by Cotter, Ham and collaborators at Imperial College. The software will be implemented using the Firedrake runtime code generation Python library.

Essential requirements

It is essential that you have:
The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or equivalent) level of professional qualifications in mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering or a closely related discipline.

Experience and knowledge:
• Experience of developing numerical software for computational algorithms.
• A strong background in numerical modelling and computing.
• Knowledge of numerical methods for fluid dynamics.

Skills and abilities:
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.
• Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity.
• Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write scientifically, clearly and succinctly for publication.
• Ability to present research with authority and coherence.

Further information

Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Dr Colin Cotter (colin.cotter@imperial.ac.uk).

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Mona El-Khatib, (m.el-khatib@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

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