Job title Mathematical Innovation Research Assistant (fixed-term)
Department Institute for Mathematical Innovation
Salary Starting from £29,605, rising to £36,024
Grade Grade 6
SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119
This role is potentially sponsorable subject to candidates meeting the tradeable points criteria
Placed on Thursday 16 November 2023
Closing date Thursday 23 November 2023
Interview date To be confirmed
We are developing an advanced mathematical tool tailored for enhancing soil moisture forecasting across various depths at the monitoring stations of Cemaden, Brazil's Natural Disaster Prediction Centre.
This unique opportunity grants hands-on experience in manipulating real-world data, applying intricate mathematical modelling, and delivering impactful, real-world results, pivotal for disaster prediction in São Paulo.
Cemaden's monitoring stations (known as PCDs Geo) come equipped with rain gauges and six moisture sensors, registering soil moisture at intervals of 50cm, spanning from 50cm to 3m in depth.
Harnessing historical data from these apparatuses, our methodology involves data inversion via a straightforward infiltration programme.
This process can be used to infer geotechnical parameters. However, given that direct calculations hinge on a homogeneous medium assumption, tailored inversions for every individual sensor at each station are important.
Our goal is to effectively combine these parameters with rainfall forecasts to yield precise soil moisture predictions.
Our preliminary outcomes, recently showcased in Sousa et al. (2023), show the potential of this research.
Key responsibilities of the role:
Enrolled as a PhD student in Mathematics or equivalent, preferably in advanced stages. A solid foundation in mathematical modelling and data inversion. Fluent in Python programming. Prior exposure or a keen interest in geotechnical or environmental data would be advantageous.
Potential opportunity to visit Cemaden's facilities and interact directly with experts in the field. Direct contributions to be integrated into the core disaster prediction software, enhancing safety measures for São Paulo's populace.
This position provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in industry and will enhance your CV.
What we can offer you:
We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.
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Mathematical Innovation Research Assistant (fixed-term) (ED11146)
University of Bath
November 17, 2023
November 23, 2023
About the employer
Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.
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The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.
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In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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