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Postdoctoral Position in Computational PDEs at Texas A&M University

Outstanding candidates are invited to apply for two postdoctoral positions in computational PDEs and computational fluid dynamics areas involving applications to complex oil recovery problems. One successful candidate will conduct research in the Mathematics department at Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, Texas, USA and another one will conduct research in the Petroleum engineering department at our branch campus (TAMUQ), Doha, Qatar. Both of these candidates will conduct research on topics related to the development and implementation of algorithms for solving partial differential equations arising in the context of fluid flows in porous and continuous media involving surface active agents.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Computational Mathematics/Sciences or Computer Science and Engineering or Computational Physics or a related discipline with a background in scientific computation, fluid dynamics and moving boundary problems. Some experience with front tracking or level set or similar other methods is a plus. The candidate should demonstrate a strong research record and outstanding research potential.

Interested candidates should contact Professor Prabir Daripa at (see web page at Please submit a curriculum vitae, research statement (including previous research experience and career goals) and the names and contact information of three references. The position is initially up until August 2012 starting as soon as possible (immediately) which will be extended for at least one year depending on performance. The salary range for this position will be commensurate with qualifications. The candidates at both campuses will interact with the Lead PI (Daripa, US), Co-PI (Gupta at Qatar), as well as graduate students and postdocs working on similar topics at both campuses. In addition, the successful candidate will be part of a vibrant community of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty with interests in computational science and engineering.

The candidates must indicate which campus (US or Qatar) they are applying for unless they have no preference in which case the decision of the choice of the campus will be made by me. However note that applicant for Qatar campus needs to be more matured and require little more experience. Only materials submitted in this electronic manner will be considered. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

TAMU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged.

Postdoctoral Researcher Opening: Numerical modeling of near-surface hydrology and chemical weathering.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with experience in object-oriented programming (C++), numerical methods (including the use of available scientific libraries such as GSL), and programming with the Message Passing Interface (MPI). The selected candidate will work with geomorphologists, bioliogists, and soil scientists to implement a numerical model of weathering-zone and soil development driven by near-surface hydrology, rules that determine rates of mass transfer between the aqueous and mineral phases, and geomorphic transport of materials near the surface. The postdoctoral researcher will work with team scientists to simulate a wellcharacterized climo-chrono-sequence in Hawaii, and to use the calibrated model to examine the role that landscape-forming processes may play in moderating conversion of rock to soil and saprolite. Position duration is one year, with possibility of renewal and extension based on performance and funding. For more information or to apply, please (e)mail an application (with appropriate coursework and/or sample code) to: George Hilley Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305-2115


Applications in earth, energy and environmental sciences are more compute intensive than ever before as we simulate more realistic models, e.g. multi-physics and multiple scales, and work with larger and larger data sets. The computational challenges are critical in both industrial and academic settings. Multi- and many-core clustered solution, General Purpose Graphical Processing Units (GPGPU) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) all provides orders of magnitude performance advantages over traditional CPU based serial programming, but require different programming paradigms and/or algorithmic approaches.

The Stanford School of Earth Science Architectures and Algorithm Initiative (SESAAI) is focused developing new concepts and algorithms to optimally map Earth Science applications, particularly seismic imaging and fluid flow in porous media, to these new hardware platforms. Progress in these areas necessitates both a fresh look at algorithmic approaches and their interplay with hardware resources, and programming paradigms that enable efficient use of these platforms. The initiative is a core activity of the Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science ( Applicants with training in Earth sciences, applied math, electrical engineering, and computer sciences are encouraged to apply.

Appointments are for a one- or two-year term. Applicants should submit a statement of research interests and proposed research, a curriculum vita, a list of publications, and names of three potential referees.

Application materials should be sent by email toClaudia Baroni <>.

Stanford University has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities. Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Do you know of graduate students interested in Mathematics and Climate Change?

Graduate students can APPLY FOR FUNDING to attend the MSRI-NCAR Summer Graduate School on Mathematics of Climate Change at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, July 12-23, 2010.

More information and application instructions can be found at http:// The deadline for applications is March 1, 2010.

Please help to spread the word!

We hope to see you there,

Chris Jones, UNC, Chapel Hill, and Warwick Mathematics Institute Hans Kaper, Argonne National Laboratory and Georgetown U. Doug Nychka, National Center for Atmospheric Research Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College


Applications are solicited for a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The post-doc will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team on a project that combines laboratory experimentation and advanced scientific computing to quantify coupled multiphase flow and chemical reaction processes in geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. The project team is led by Los Alamos National Laboratory and includes Professors Al Valocchi and Charlie Werth at the University of Illinois. We are looking for someone to work on extending existing pore-scale lattice Boltzmann and continuum-scale multi-phase flow simulators. Work will focus on development of new multi-physics, multi-scale frameworks for coupling pore-scale and continuum-scale representations for flow and reactive transport.

Applicants should have a strong background in computational science/applied mathematics, with prior experience in multi-scale, multi-physics modeling. Experience with porous media physics, lattice Boltzmann methods, multi-phase flow, and multi-component geochemical reactive transport is desirable, but not essential.

The position is for 18-24 months and is available immediately.

Interested persons should send their CV and a list of three references to Professor Al Valocchi (


The Center for Computational Geosciences at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (, University of Texas at Austin has several openings for postdoctoral researchers to conduct research on large-scale geophysical inverse problems in the areas of polar ice sheet dynamics and impact on sea level rise, global seismology, and mantle convection. Research issues in inverse problems include scalable parallel methods for quantification of uncertainty, numerical algorithms for large-scale deterministic and statistical inversion, and advanced discretizations and adaptivity.

These positions provide an opportunity to work on several problems of great societal and scientific importance in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams of researchers from ICES, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and other universities and national labs. Candidates should have a strong background in scientific computing, numerical analysis, and continuum mechanics. Background in finite elements, inverse problems, scalable solvers, optimization methods, and geophysics is desirable. Experience in large-scale parallel code development in C/C++ is essential. To apply, please send your CV (listing courses taken and at least three references) to me at

-Omar Ghattas


The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral research scientist position in Computational Geodynamics. The successful applicant will work with Marc Spiegelman; (LDEO/CU Applied Math) to develop advanced computational models for coupled fluid/solid dynamics with applications to subduction zones. These models will explore the behavior of reactive fluid flow in strongly deformable permeable media and be designed using advanced computational libraries. The successful candidate will join a large and growing group of Computational and Earth Scientists working on a wide range of dynamics problems related to complex plate boundaries. The initial project is in collaboration with the Peter van Keken; at the University of Michigan. The position is a full-time 2-year appointment, with the opportunity of continuation and growth depending on progress and availability of funding.

Requirements: A recent Ph.D. in Computational Science and/or Geodynamics, or a related discipline is required. Experience in modern software engineering and languages (C++, python), numerical methods is highly preferred. Experience with large scale computing applied to specific fields (e.g. physics, fluid mechanics, multi-phase flow etc) is encouraged. To apply: Applicants should submit a personal statement describing research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references, to:

Please follow instructions on how to apply since we only accept online applications. Thank you.

Columbia University is an Equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


From Laurent Demanet

I would appreciate your help forwarding this announcement for positions in the Mathematics Department at MIT to talented students nearing graduation, both graduate and undergraduate. The positions involve work on inverse problems in seismology, and may interest geophysicists who have affinities with high-performance computing.

- Postdoctoral researcher - Summer Intern

Both job descriptions can be found at: [1]


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of Energy and Environment, focusing on energy policy and technology. The appointment will begin effective July 1, 2010. The position is nominally at the rank of Assistant Professor, although appointment at a higher level may be considered. Candidates should be capable in quantitative analytic methods via fields such as the social sciences, natural and applied sciences, engineering and other appropriate disciplines and have a demonstrated capacity to work on energy policy issues. We are particularly interested in someone capable of working on issues of energy and climate change mitigation. Possible areas of expertise include scientific analysis and/or modeling of current and future energy pathways (including fossil fuels, nuclear, biofuels, and renewables), energy policy and sustainability, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, energy linkages with air quality or water resource issues, energy conservation, advanced energy management systems, and technological innovation.

The appointment will be in the UCLA Institute of the Environment (, a dynamic and growing interdisciplinary center within UCLA representing faculty in the health sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, law and other disciplines. Affiliations with other campus units are possible, and encouraged.

A Ph.D. degree is required for eligibility. A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research is highly desirable, as may be shown by relevant postdoctoral experience and publications. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to secure external funding. Prior engagement in service to increase participation in science or engineering by groups historically under-represented in these fields is also highly desirable.

Please use job number: 2155-0910-01 in all correspondence. Applicants can submit application materials as WORD or PDF files online to including a cover letter, curriculum vita, statements of research, teaching and interdisciplinary experience and interests, three exemplary publications, and the names and contact information for four references.

For additional questions about submitting an application, contact Ms. Eileen Sir, Manager of the UCLA Institute of the Environment, at, 310-825-6999. Applications submitted by January 1, 2010 will receive full consideration, as will later applications as time allows. Inquires about the position should be directed to Professor Glen M. MacDonald, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment, Women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply; UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of faculty and staff diversity.


ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company has immediate openings for research scientists at our Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory. Our lab focuses on fundamental science that can lead to technologies having a direct impact on the oil and gas industry. Our facilities are centrally located in scenic Annandale, New Jersey, approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia.

We are looking for creative, resourceful individuals to join our Engineering Physics group and develop novel methods aimed at solving large-scale, coupled partial differential equations, with a line of sight to wave propagation problems typically associated with imaging the earth sub-surface. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary group of world-class scientists who focus on performing breakthrough research and creating new approaches to solve our most challenging problems. Technical staff members in this position implement and report on independent research, participate in program development, as well as collaborate internationally with leading engineers and scientists from industry, universities, and other technical institutions.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, physics, engineering, geophysics, or a related field, with a strong ability to understand and solve large-scale numerical problems. Experience with parameter estimation and inverse problems is highly desired. Fundamental knowledge of the mathematics involved in solving the wave equation and familiarity with the discretization schemes used for numerical solution are also pre-requisites. Proficiency with scientific programming languages and experience with large-scale, parallel, numerical simulations are definite advantages. The ability to communicate and interact with internal and external groups will be an important selection criterion. Candidates should have a strong publication record, excellent oral presentation and writing skills and show a desire and ability to grow into new science areas.

ExxonMobil offers an excellent working environment and a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please submit your cover letter and resume to our website and apply to Research Scientists. Additional information about these positions can be obtained by contacting Dr. Martin-D. Lacasse (


The Mathematics Department at North Carolina State University invites applications for up to three tenure-track, rank-open, positions beginning Fall 2009. We seek individuals whose research focuses on interdisciplinary mathematics. Two focus areas are applications to energy and the environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences, a record of successful postdoctoral experience, experience in interdisciplinary research, and a commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Senior-level applicants must demonstrate a strong record of grant support and advising of Ph.D. students. The Department of Mathematics has strong research programs in both applied and pure mathematics. Many members of the department lead interdisciplinary research programs at both the local and national levels. More information about the department can be found at

To submit your application materials, go to Include a vita, at least three letters of recommendation, and a description of current and planned research. You will then be given instructions to go to and complete a Faculty Profile for the position. Write to for questions concerning this position.

NC State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2008.


The KAUST-UT Austin Academic Excellence Alliance, a partnership between the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for faculty positions at KAUST within the area of Computational Earth Sciences and Engineering. We seek outstanding scientists to fill at least 10 faculty positions across all ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) at the new KAUST campus on the Red Sea in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

KAUST ( is being established as a world-class international graduate-level science and technology research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world. The KAUST mission emphasizes research on applications of science and technology to problems of human need, social advancement, and economic development, in collaboration with leading universities around the world. KAUST is dedicated to a respect for diversity and the highest standards of merit-based opportunity, and seeks the finest students and faculty without regard to nationality, gender, or religious belief.

KAUST is an independent university that is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees and supported by a multi-billion dollar endowment. It reinvents the modern research university by establishing advanced research institutes that focus on interdisciplinary problems as the central organizing unit, and offering only graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees. The four initial research institutes are: Resources, Energy and Environment; Biosciences and Bioengineering; Materials Science and Engineering; and Applied Mathematics and Computational Science. KAUST's new 36 million square meter state-of-the-art campus in Thuwal (80km north of Jeddah) will open its doors to students in Fall 2009. The campus includes a seaside town with housing, shops, schools, and numerous recreational amenities.

The KAUST-UT Austin Alliance was formed to help build a research program at KAUST in Computational Earth Sciences and Engineering. Research areas of interest include modeling and simulation in seismology and geophysics; subsurface flow and transport; geomechanics; carbon sequestration; hydrology and water resources; geochemistry; climate, ocean, and earth systems; and reservoir and regional environmental systems, in addition to advanced mathematical and computational techniques for the earth sciences, including multiscale modeling and discretization, parallel solvers, inverse problems, data assimilation, and uncertainty quantification. The Academic Excellence Alliance will facilitate collaboration among faculty, researchers, and students at the two universities via short- and long-term visits and support for collaborative research projects between KAUST faculty and UT faculty from ICES, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and the Cockrell School of Engineering. In particular, KAUST faculty will have the opportunity to spend up to a year in residence as Visiting Fellows at UT-Austin prior to the opening of the campus in 2009.

We are seeking faculty with an ability to build world-class research programs, depth in one or more of the above earth science areas as well as in mathematical and computational techniques, interests in conducting research on interdisciplinary societal problems in a collaborative environment, and an ability to teach graduate courses in fundamental earth science areas as well as in computational methods.

The unrivaled resources available to KAUST faculty--including security of research funding, state-of-the-art laboratories, a petascale computing facility, assured support for graduate students, postdocs, and technicians, generous travel allowances, and world-class salaries and benefits--offer the opportunity to focus on building leading research programs without the uncertainties and overheads experienced elsewhere. To apply for a faculty position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching experience and interests, and contact information for at least four references to Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until all positions are filled.

Questions may be directed to Professor Omar Ghattas, Director of the KAUST-UT Austin AEA, at

Omar Ghattas

John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences

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