Postdoctoral Position in Computational Geodynamics and Software Engineering

University of California Davis

United States

Postdoctoral Position: Computational Geodynamics and Software Engineering

Job #JPF03269
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences - EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES

Recruitment Period

Open November 7th, 2019 through Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


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 application and / or development of new tools for visualization and complex workflows, containerization, outreach and education, reproducibility; significant expansion of an existing CIG code; or the advancement of an existing non-CIG code for inclusion into the CIG community. 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, renewable for another year depending on performance. The annual salary range for this position is $50,760 to $61,308 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:

• A Ph.D. in Geology, Geophysics, Applied Mathematics, Software Engineering or related field
• Excellent programming, 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 essential.
• Experience in data science

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:

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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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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)

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