Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanics of Liquid-Solid Systems in Earth Science

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

August 12, 2022


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanics of Liquid-Solid Systems in Earth Science

Reporting to the Principal Investigator. The post holder is a member of a research group with responsibility for carrying out research within a larger project. The post holder will interact with and may provide guidance to junior members of the research group including research assistants, PhD students, and/or project interns.

The role is flexible, but should be focused on theoretical (analytical or computational) models of mechanical processes in Earth Sciences, especially those that involve mechanical interaction of liquids and solids. The research will form a part of the RIFT-O-MAT project, funded by the European Research Council to investigate how the mechanics of plate-tectonic boundaries are modified by the presence of magma. The project focuses on partially molten rocks, fluid-driven fracture, thermal physics and continuum mechanics. It also explores other physical contexts with related physics (e.g., fluid-driven fracture in ice sheets). The role of this position is to support existing projects with the team, or to create a new project that would contribute to the overall goals of the team.

You will be responsible for managing your own academic research and administrative activities, developing a theory for mechanical processes in the natural system of interest, analysis of idealised problems that support physical interpretation of more complex models and provide a context for verification of numerical solutions. You will also be collaborating productively with the project team, including helping with teaching, mentoring and supervision of research students and engaging with the broader project by attending project meetings, providing feedback, motivation and ideas for project direction.

You will hold, or be close to completion, of a relevant PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience, possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work with established research programmes. You will have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects. You will also have good communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results at group meetings. For further details of the role please see the job description.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 12 August 2022. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Applications are encouraged from Ukraine nationals. The European Research Council has appealed to its grantees to provide temporary employment to refugee researchers from Ukraine. Please see the link below for further information. Applications are encouraged from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.


https: //

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 159104 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 12-Aug-2022 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : Salary (£) : £33,309 - £40,927 per annum

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s...