Research Associate/Research Fellow in Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics

Keen to work with the EarthByte team on plate tectonic reconstructions and geodynamics? We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher (Level A/B) to join us on the STELLAR project (Spatio TEmporaL expLorAtion for Resources). STELLAR is a collaboration between BHP and the EarthByte Group at the University of Sydney aimed at implementing big and complex spatio-temporal data analysis and modelling to support BHP’s global resource exploration. It will advance the integration and analysis of physical, chemical and dynamic properties of the Earth through geological time.

Research Associate/Research Fellow in Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
Full-time, 18 month position (possible 2-year extension), Applications close 1 July 2021
This position will combine plate tectonic reconstructions and mantle geodynamics in collaboration with the other streams of this project (paleogeography, surface processes, and spatio-temporal data mining). The applicant will need advanced GIS skills (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, Generic Mapping Tools, etc.) to synthesise a range of geological constraints, and incorporate it into existing and new databases. This position will require advanced use of GPlates in creating, modifying and analysing relative and absolute plate motions, evolving plate topologies, and deformable plate reconstructions. By drawing upon prior experience in geodynamic modelling, the successful applicant will deploy mantle flow simulations (e.g., using CitcomS, etc.) and derive time-evolving parameters such as temperature fields and dynamic topography. The applicant requires advanced Python scripting experience to create, modify, and deploy pyGPlates and other Pythonised well-documented, easy to use, and interoperable workflows.

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