University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Volcano Deformation

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow in Volcano Deformation

Would you like to help improve how we forecast volcanic eruptions? Do you have experience in understanding deformation of active or ancient magmatic systems? Are you keen to be part of a multidisciplinary project that brings together techniques, ideas, and people from a range of research fields?

This is an opportunity to join the exciting MAGMA (Magma Accommodation and Ground Movement Analysis) project funded by NERC, which aims to transform volcano deformation modelling. MAGMA will use analyses of ancient intrusions, both exposed at Earth's surface and imaged geophysically, and rock mechanic experiments to benchmark how host rock physical properties and deformation patterns change with space and time during magma emplacement. These findings will inform a new generation of Finite Element computational models that seek to include the complex behaviour of rocks into volcano deformation models.

You will join and work with Dr Craig Magee (providing expertise in magma emplacement and host rock deformation), Dr Susanna Ebmeier (volcano monitoring), Professor John Forth (rock mechanic experiments), and Dr James Hickey (Finite Element modelling of volcanoes) to achieve MAGMA. You will also benefit from interacting with project partners Dr Janine Kavanagh, Professor John Howell, Dr William McCarthy, and Dr John Browning.

Your role is flexible in its focus but you will engage with many aspects of the project, including fieldwork (Chile, Iceland, USA), rock mechanic experiments, analogue modelling, and Finite Element modelling. You will hold a PhD (or close to completion) in the Earth Sciences, have experience in conducting geological fieldwork, and have a working knowledge of magma emplacement and volcano deformation. Experience in conducting structural analyses, numerical modelling and coding, and science communication is desirable.

Overall, you will become an integral member of the MAGMA team, helping deliver a new generation of volcano deformation models that can account for complexity and uncertainty in the host rocks, which will improve the reliability of eruption forecasts.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Craig Magee , Senior Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6500

Email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment Section: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT) Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Working Time: 37.5 hours Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 30 September 2026 – the post is required to complete time limited work) Release Date: Friday 17 November 2023 Closing Date: Friday 01 December 2023 Reference: ENVEE1696 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Research Fellow in Volcano Deformation


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


November 18, 2023

Application deadline

December 01, 2023

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Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Geosciences,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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