Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate to work with Dr. Zoë Leinhardt in the Astrophysics group in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol on an interdisciplinary project to study changes in the bulk composition of the Earth during accretion. The level of the role will depend on the previous experience of the successful candidate and will be decided at the appointment stage.
The Research Assistant/Associate will be responsible for (1) conducting numerical simulations of the formation of planetary embryos in the terrestrial region using an N-body code and (2) analyzing these results to determine the compositional differences between embryos and the original planetesimals that could arise because of incomplete accretion. The main focus of this project is to determine if the collisional growth and evolution of the Earth could result in a non-chondritic bulk composition.
The Research Assistant/Associate will also collaborate with colleagues Prof. Tim Elliott and Prof. Mike Walter in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol and Prof. Sarah T. Stewart in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University.
Applicants with interests in computational astrophysics/geophysics and planetary chemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. A PhD in Astrophysics, Geophysics or related field is required.
The appointment is for 30 months with a nominal start date in early May. Applicants are requested to apply online at www.bris.ac.uk/jobs (ref:ACAD100184) by 3rd March. Interviews will be held the week commencing 11th March. For inquiries please email Dr. Leinhardt at Zoe.Leinhardt@bristol.ac.uk.