Research Associate in Modelling Transport Processes in Unsaturated Porous Media

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Manchester, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science of the University of Manchester is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soil Salinity and Sodicity Management, to work on the joint UK-Turkey project titled “Soil salinity and sodicity management by sustainable irrigation practices in Konya Plain, Turkey”. This project is jointly funded by UK and Turkey organizations (British Council and TÜBİTAK) and through British Council Newton Institutional Links program. The UK investigators are Dr Masoud Babaei (University of Manchester), Dr Manoj Menon (University of Sheffield) and Dr Xiadong Jia (University of Leeds) and Prof Nadim Copty (Boğaziçi University) will lead the Turkish team. A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding researcher in the field of modelling transport processes in unsaturated porous media. The position is designed to complement the experimental and field survey data of the collaborative project, with specific focus on irrigation induced salinity and sodicity of soil in Konya Plain, Turkey. The main contributions of the University of Manchester in the project are:

  •  to develop a predictive tool for irrigation induced soil property modifications from experiments and field survey data
  •  to provide necessary inputs to the System Dynamics Model developed by Turkish partners

The project will benefit from -pre- and post-irrigation x-ray CT images of the soil samples.

You will be based at the University of Manchester reporting to Dr Masoud Babaei, will collaborate with colleagues from other Schools, Universities and stakeholder organisations and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences. You will be required to fully and clearly document procedures and outputs, including of sensitivity analysis, and to write or substantively contribute to the writing of progress reports and scientific papers for publication.

Qualifications and Experience:
• You must hold or be about to obtain, a relevant PhD (or equivalent) in soil physics, geochemical modelling, contaminant transport modelling, or reservoir engineering applications.
• You must have specialist knowledge in unsaturated transport modelling.
• You must be competent in numerical modelling and programming (e.g. Cpp, Python, Fortran).
• You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• You must have excellent time management and organisational skills.

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Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr Masoud Babaei
General enquiries:
Tel:  0161 275 4499
Technical support:
Tel:  0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date
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