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Research Fellow in Dynamics and Evolution of Planetary Cores

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in geomagnetism, deep Earth geophysics or fluid dynamics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?                           

We are seeking a Research Fellow to fulfil a key role in our project by developing computational models of crystallization in planetary cores. The project combines cutting-edge experimental data with novel mathematical models to explore the role of two-phase flows in generating planetary magnetic fields. You will work closely with Dr Chris Davies and be based in the deep-Earth research group within the School of Earth and Environment. This work is part of a multidisciplinary NSF-NERC-funded collaboration between the University of Leeds and the University of California San Diego, linking experimental and dynamical models of planetary cores.

You will produce a computer model that describes the dynamics and evolution of two-phase (solid and liquid) regions in planetary cores, building on and generalising recent work undertaken by the group (Davies and Pommier, 2018; Wong, Davies, Jones, 2018). You will apply the model to a variety of settings where solid phases are produced near the top of planetary cores, e.g. the `snow’ of solid iron in small terrestrial cores or the precipitation of oxides in Earth’s core. Working with colleagues at UC San Diego, you will incorporate their new determinations of partitioning behaviour and transport properties of core materials into the model. The aim is to predict the properties of two-phase regions in planetary cores, e.g. their thickness and density stratification, and their role in generating magnetic fields over geological timescales.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Chris Davies

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1140, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, it is unlikely that we will be able to appoint above £33,199 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share/flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 August 2021 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 31 May 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 02 July 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1335
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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