Research Associate in Computational Mathematics

Job summary

The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will involve the study of parallel-in-time solution methods applied to finite element discretisations of PDEs describing the formation of sedimentary landscapes.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01051
  • Date posted 8 December 2021
  • Closing date 22 December 2021

Job description

Job summary

The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will involve the study of parallel-in-time solution methods applied to finite element discretisations of PDEs describing the formation of sedimentary landscapes.

Duties and responsibilities

The project will involve (1) developing code for the parallel-in-time method based around Firedrake (an automated system for the solution of partial differential equations using the finite element method) and the associated asQ library for handling parallel-in-time-algorithms, and (2) benchmarking and evaluating the proposed methods using the code. The candidate will be expected to interact and collaborate with our collaborators in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in computational mathematics/science/engineering or a closely related discipline.

Essential requirements

The essential requirements for this post are as follows:

  • Hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Geoscience, Meteorology, Engineering or Physics, or equivalent level of professional scientific qualification
  • Knowledge of numerical methods for the solution of PDEs
  • Experience of scientific software development
  • Ability to carry out original research and to produce published research papers
  • Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods
  • Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity
  • Ability to interact in an interdisciplinary environment that includes mathematicians, engineers and other scientists

Further information

The position is fixed term for 12 months. The expected start date is 1 March 2022 or soon thereafter.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range, £36,694- £39,888 per annum.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV,
  • A 1-page research statement describing why the candidate’s expertise is relevant to this position and future research plans; and
  • The details of three referees.

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

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