Postdoctoral Position in Computational Geodynamics

University of California Davis Mathematical and Physical Sciences

United States

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Geodynamics - Software Development and Engineering

Job #JPF03676
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences - EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 10th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral appointments at the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) at the University of California, Davis . The positions are expected to contribute to the development and support of numerical modeling codes in geodynamics and towards conducting independent research. CIG supports the development and dissemination of software for geophysics and related fields by supporting the development of open source, community codes and maintaining the infrastructure for its reuse.

We seek proposals for innovative, original, and feasible software engineering and/or software development projects that complement and/or improve our
current practices. CIG supports communities in computational science, dynamo, education, long -term tectonics , mantle convection, multiphysics, seismology, and short-term crustal dynamics .

Active areas of interest include:
• the advancement of an existing non-CIG code for inclusion into the CIG community
• significant expansion of an existing CIG code
• development of a normal modes code (seismology)
• the application and / or development of new tools for visualization,
management and analysis of model data, and complex workflows;
• containerization
• reproducibility
• outreach and education

The successful applicants are expected to collaborate with the relevant
members of CIG headquarters, the CIG community, and relevant outside communities. We encourage you to contact us before applying. These positions are expected to participate in ongoing CIG Headquarters’ activities including maintaining the community software infrastructure, participating in outreach, and advising community members on software donations. The positions will therefore provide the opportunity to develop a reputation as the next generation of computational geophysicists and have interactions with a diverse set of communities.

We anticipate two appointments each for one year. Appointments maybe extended depending on performance and ending date of the grant this position is funded under. The annual salary range for this position is $53,460 to $61,800 depending on post-doctoral research experience. This is a full time appointment with benefits. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit.

For more information about CIG, see .
Questions can be addressed to Lorraine Hwang at:

Qualifications :
•A PhD. in Geology, Geophysics, Applied Mathematics , Software Engineering or related field
• Excellent prog ramming , analytical, writing , oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
•Knowledge of best practices in open source software development.
•Ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a team is

How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter with a brief description of thesis
research, CV, a maximum 5 page statement of the research driven software
development proposed to conduct during the postdoctoral fellowship, contact
information for two recommendation letter writers, and a letter of
collaboration from a relevant CIG working group, lead developer of the
software project you will work with, or project advisor.Application material
should be submitted via the online application system at:

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless
tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and
is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all
qualified applicants to apply including women, minorities, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - cover letter with a brief description of thesis research

  • Statement of Research - a maximum 5 page statement of the research driven software development proposed to conduct during the postdoctoral fellowship

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Letter of Collaboration - a letter of collaboration from a relevant CIG working group, lead developer of the software project you will work with, or project advisor

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

In your application, please refer to


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