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Research Associate in Numerical Modelling of the Physical Behaviour of Magma in Volcanic Conduits
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017711

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/12/2021

Salary: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum dependent on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Starting 31st March 2022 until 31st January 2026

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

A Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) appointment in numerical modelling of the physical behaviour of magma in volcanic conduits is available from 31st March 2022 for 46 months in the framework of the newly funded UKRI Future Leaders Fellows project ‘4DVOLC: Magma storage and ascent in volcanic systems via time resolved HPHT x-ray tomographic experiments and numerical modelling of eruption dynamics’.

The PDRA will work under the supervision of Dr Polacci in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in collaboration with Dr de’ Michieli Vitturi (INGV-Pisa, Italy and University of Buffalo, USA) to perform simulations of magma ascent in the volcanic conduit at different eruptive conditions (temperature, pressure, volatile content, crystal and vesicle growth evolution) and conduit geometries.

The PDRA is expected to contribute to numerical model development, implementation, testing, validation and application to a variety of eruptive scenarios, including basaltic and trachytic volcanic systems from Reunion and Campi Flegrei (Italy). He/she will be engaged in a novel and challenging research benefitting from working with an international research team comprising scientists based in the UK, Italy, France, USA, and Reunion, and will be part of the thriving Manchester Volcanology group, which is internationally recognised for its expertise in numerical modelling of volcanic processes. The PDRA is expected to carry out a period of training in numerical modelling of magma ascent in overseas institutions.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The Department holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Margherita Polacci


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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