Minimize Post-doctoral Research Associate – Magnetic Fields

Date added: 19 September 2017

Organisation: University of Iowa

Location: Iowa City, USA

The Geophysics Section of the School of Cosmic Physics invites applications for a post-doctoral scholarship in:

Combined downward continuation and spatio-spectral concentration techniques to reconcile the geomagnetic field at the core-mantle boundary inferred from satellite magnetic observations.

Research will be devoted to apply existing theoretical approaches and numerical codes to continue the internal geomagnetic field over oceanic areas through a 3D electrically conducting mantle down to the core-mantle boundary. The spatially-restricted downward continuation will map this detailed surface geomagnetic field variations onto the CMB. The knowledge and experience gained from this model should contribute to a better understanding of the natural variability of the geomagnetic field. The acquired knowledge will provide the scientific community with a new analysis tool for modelling and interpreting CHAMP and Swarm magnetic satellite observations.

Several points will be emphasised:

  1. Investigation of the influence of 3-D electrical conduc-tivity on the core field at the CMB,
  2. Understanding the limitations and advantages of downward continuation in a restricted region,
  3. The potential of advanced downward continuation as an additional analysis tool for satellite measurements,
  4. Application to oceanic regions and geomagnetic field data,
  5. Transfer of new aspects of the advanced downward continuation approach to scientific community.

Potential candidates should have a PhD in geophysics, strong theoretical background in the theory of geomagnetic field, a capability to develop innovative numerical methodologies, extensive software programming knowledge and experience in numerical code development, spectral analysis of geophysical data.

The position is available for 24 months in the first instance from 01 January, 2018. The stipend will be 25,000 Euro per year, tax-free.

Applicants should send a 1-2 page statement of interest, full CV and names of three referees. Review of applications begins on 01 October, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

Enquires and applications should be sent by email addressed to Prof. Zdenek Martinec

Learn more about the role and how to apply.

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