Open Dynamo Postdoc Position at Carnegie EPL

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow - Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

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The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate numerical modeling of thermo-chemical convection in
Earth’s core and implications for geodynamo evolution.

The position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to investigate convection in a rotating spherical shell driven by coupled thermal and chemical buoyancy sources. The broader goal is to understand how the interactions between these sources may have contributed to the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field. The candidate will run 3D dynamo models using newly developed features in the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) sponsored code Rayleigh that allow temperature and chemistry to be linked at the inner-core boundary. The study and resulting publications will be done in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL) and Cian Wilson (EPL). Collaboration with other members of CIG and the Rayleigh development team working on related topics is also anticipated. The candidate will be given access to Carnegie’s high performance computational facilities.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with Fortran and/or python.

Desired qualifications: Familiarity with numerical modeling of rotating convection is desirable, and experience with spectral or pseudo-spectral numerical modeling software is a bonus.

The application deadline is April 1, 2024. The appointment is for one year. An extension is possible depending on the availability of funding. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. Please contact Peter Driscoll at with any questions.

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