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Research Fellow in multi-scale mathematical modelling of soil and plants

Bioengineering Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £32,958 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 2 years)
Closing Date:  Monday 01 May 2017
Interview Date:   Friday 16 June 2017
Reference:  858217BX

You will develop new multiscale mathematical models to understand how plants and soil interact. The job will be based at the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education. 

A mathematician or engineer, you will be familiar with multiscale homogenisation theories and associated computational techniques with experience in implementing numerical simulations in 3D. The aim of the project is to combine multiscale modelling of two fluid flow (water and air) with the flow of multiple solutes that are undergoing binding reactions in the fluid phase whilst simultaneously accounting for all biotic effects such as microbial biodegradation, plant solute uptake and/or exudation and biophysical effects.

To be successful you will demonstrate the ability to produce papers for peer reviewed publications. You will hold a PhD or equivalent in applied mathematics or computational engineering (or other numerate subject. The knowledge of OpenFOAM and/or Comsol Multiphysics for 3D simulations would also be useful, but not necessary, provided you can demonstrate that you would be able to acquire these skills in fast and efficient manner.

The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities* and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities.  We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise. 

You will join a leading Engineering Faculty with an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.  In September 2013 an Athena SWAN Bronze award was received in recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.

The Faculty offers exceptional research facilities in the areas of fluids, structures and their interactions, including a new world-class fluid dynamics facilities complex in the Boldrewood Engineering Campus, complete with a 138m towing tank.

Please note: The University will be closed from Thursday 13th April 2017 to Tuesday 18th April 2017 inclusive, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time. 

Application procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 858217BX on all correspondence.

Informal enquiries to Professor Tiina Roose (

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. 

*QS World University Rankings 2012-13 

**Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be assigned. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment 


The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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