Update (2021/05/20): This position is now closed.
We have one open position for a fully funded 5-year PhD and graduate student assistant position at the University of Liverpool.
Applications are open until 21 April 2021.
Open to UK applicants only.
The flow of heat coming from the Earth's interior is an important parameter for how ice sheets flow and deform. It also plays a key role in determining how the Earth's crust rebounds upwards once ice mass is displaced, influencing our estimates of sea-level rise. Geophysicists can indirectly determine heat flow from the measurements of anomalies in the Earth's magnetic field due to magnetized rocks in the crust. These data allow us to estimate the depth at which magnetic minerals lose their magnetic properties, which happens at a particular temperature known as the Curie temperature. However, there are still some unknown factors about the limitations of this technique.
The goals of this project are to:
The magnetic data integration and Curie depth estimation will be done by adapting methods and software recently developed by the research group and our international collaborators at the PINGA lab (for example, Hidalgo-Gato et al., 2021, and Reis et al., 2020). By achieving these goals, we hope to quantify and reduce the uncertainty in the Curie isotherm depth estimates for Antarctica, which is a key parameter in determining geothermal heat flow in Antarctica.
You will be working with an international team of researchers:
Through this PhD, you will acquire the mathematical and Python programming skills required to undertake the project. You will be trained to develop software in a collaborative environment using GitHub and the current best practices in research software engineering.
The project will be conducted following the current established norms of open-science and reproducible research, with all outputs published on the group's GitHub page.
The project also has the potential to involve code contributions to the different open-source Python software developed by the research group, mainly Fatiando a Terra, leading to potential impact beyond standard scientific publications.
This position would suit someone with skills in (or who is willing to learn):
An ideal candidate would also be motivated, able to self-study, and interested in open-science practices and open-source software.
This position is for a Graduate Teaching Assistant at 0.5 full-time employment (FTE) over a 5 year period.
The role includes:
This project is one of eight eligible for funding support through the recruitment of two GTAs within Geography & Planning and Earth Sciences. The funding covers:
Applicants are encouraged to read the lab manual to familiarize themselves with the way we approach science, expectations, our code of conduct, etc.
Interested? Find out more about:
To apply for this opportunity:
You have to apply for both positions and make sure both are marked as "GTA SoES Post".
If have any questions, please get in touch!