Description of a PhD opportunity in modeling of coupled solid Earth, magmatic, and ice sheet processes!
PhD Opportunity at New Mexico Tech in Geophysical Modeling of Coupled Lithospheric Deformation, Magmatism, and Ice Sheet Dynamics
We seek a graduate student to join the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in an innovative geophysical research investigation. The project will focus on using recent, novel observations (glacial cycling, volcanic eruptive patterns) in Western Antarctica and state-of-the-art geodynamic models to further constrain the evolution of ice sheets over the last half million years.
This project is part of a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research effort at New Mexico Tech to investigate the feedbacks between glacial cycling (ice sheet dynamics) and deformation within the solid Earth. The results of the project will provide critical new constraints on the thickness of Antarctic sheet through time, which has key implications for our understanding of recorded climate change. Throughout the PhD project, the graduate student will closely interact with the multidisciplinary team and get the opportunity and necessary training to participate in associated efforts to develop new methods for two-phase magmatic transport, hydrofracturing, multi-physics code coupling, and advanced inversion methods. The graduate student will primarily be supervised by Prof. John Naliboff (New Mexico Tech) but also have the opportunity to work with other leading computational geophysicists involved in the project.
Qualifications: The candidate will participate in a wide variety of activities that include, but are not limited to, multi-physics simulations, software development, high-performance computing, 4D visualization, geodynamic inversions, and statistical analysis between simulation and natural data sets. Given these activities, we seek candidates who have a strong foundation in physics, applied mathematics, computer sciences, or geophysics. Candidates with experience in numerical modelling, data analysis, programming, and research are highly desired. Knowledge of geophysical processes and data sets is beneficial, but not required.
The graduate student position is fully funded at New Mexico Tech for 3 years and provides 12 months of research support per year. The position may begin as early as January, 2022.
For more information, please contact Prof. John Naliboff (firstname.lastname@example.org).