We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associated in in the Mathematical Modelling of Wave Propagation in Complex Media. You will work closely with Dr Daniel Colquitt, along with industrial partners and academic collaborators, on the Research Project Grant ‘Multiscale Multiphysics structured interfaces’ funded by The Leverhulme Trust and led by Dr Colquitt. You will join the Waves & Continuum Mechanics Group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, at the University of Liverpool.
As part of the research team, you will develop novel mathematical models of Multiphysics multiscale interfaces. Whilst research in metamaterials has undergone a renaissance, most of the work has focused on controlling a single physical domain – usually light. In contrast, this project seeks to develop a mathematical framework to study, design, and create multiphysical metasurfaces capable of manipulating waves across many physical phenomena. Structured interfaces arise in many real-world applications – anywhere two media meet – from antenna designs to the interface between the ocean and seabed, the foundations of modern buildings, medical implants, and safety-critical power generation components.
You should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in applied mathematics. You should have strong numerical and analytical skills, along with experience in applying them to physical problems. Experience of tackling challenging problems related to wave propagation in structured media would be a distinct advantage. Applications from candidates familiar with asymptotic analysis and methods associated with integral equations, including the Weiner-Hopf approach, would be particularly welcomed. You will be expected to work effectively as a member of the research team. You should demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.
Dr Colquitt, along with the wider research group, are committed to supporting the career development of Postdoctoral Research Associates. You will have the opportunity to experience working with a range of industrial partners and academic collaborators, as well as mentoring junior researchers. The project involves a PhD student who was appointed in July 2023, and whom you will work alongside and support. You will have the opportunity to attend several conferences each year and the proposed project is expected to produce several papers. You will be appointed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, which is part of the School of Physical Sciences. The post is available as soon as possible but must commence no later than July 2024. It is a fixed term post for 24 months.
The School of Physical Sciences is an Athena SWAN Silver Award holder and is committed to encouraging, developing and supporting women in their research and academic careers. We are working to create an inclusive environment which values a diverse workforce and we recognise that many individuals value flexibility in their work/life balance. We strongly encourage applications from groups underrepresented within our workforce, in particular women.
Any applicants who are still awaiting their PhD to be awarded should be aware that if successful, they will be appointed at grade 6, spine point 30. Upon written confirmation that they have been successful in being awarded their PhD, they will be moved onto grade 7, spine point 31 from the date of their award.
The University has the right to close the vacancy early if it is deemed that there have been enough applications received.