Groningen | Groningen | Fulltime (startersfunctie)
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University of Groningen
The Origins Center, see: https://www.origins-center.nl/ is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute initiative of a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands, who responded to questions submitted by the public on fundamentals of life in the universe in the context of the Dutch National Science Agenda, see: https://wetenschapsagenda.nl/?lang=en and who aim at game-changing understanding of the origin of life and of life-bearing planets, predicting evolution, building and steering life from molecule to biosphere, and finding extra-terrestrial life. A fifth area of research, linking all others, targets the challenges in mathematics, informatics, and computational science in bridging large spatial and temporal scales, and for understanding shifts in levels of organisation. The Center is coordinated by the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. Scientists affiliated with at least 17 Dutch universities and research institutes participate in its research. Recently the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO granted ‘Startimpuls’ (initial boost) funding to the Origins Center.
For the mathematical, informatics and computational science challenges we are now recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow with a strong background in mathematics, informatics or the computational sciences. The recruited fellow will, jointly with research groups in the Netherlands, define and execute a two-year research project that will be linked to the other projects in the Origins Center portfolio. She or he will thereby be centrally involved in advanced and multidisciplinary research of great scientific and public interest.
The fellow will be hosted by a research group involved in the Origins Center initiative and be employed by the host’s university or research institute. (S)he will cooperate with at least one other research group in another field of expertise and preferably in another university or research institute. The fellow’s tasks will include:
• further conceptualising, planning, and executing a two-year research project
• reaching out to and collaborating with research groups in the Netherlands and abroad
• forging links between the other Origins Center research projects and with the relevant research community at large
• contributing to a programme of public outreach.
It is essential that the research fellow define the project herself or himself, in dialogue with a prospective host and within the following outlines.
The project will be in the area of system development for high-performance multiscale, multilevel and/or multi-physics numerical simulations for one or more of the scientific disciplines involved in the Origins Center. As an indication of the methods to be developed one may think of methods for simulation of rare events (bridging long and short timescales), or for simulation of systems in which the dynamics on small temporal or spatial scales have determining effects on the dynamics on large scales and in which full simulation on the small-scale level will be computationally out of reach. Other examples include the development of algorithms for efficient simulation of multilevel systems in which patterns are formed that will operate as ‘unit’ and interact with other such ‘units’. A central challenge within multiphysics systems is to couple several physical descriptions, as in particle-based and continuity-based approaches, in a correct and efficient way. Working on cross-fertilisation of work on several scales, as for instance in application of particle-based simulation software developed for problems in molecular dynamics on problems on far larger scales, will certainly be possible as well.
The successful candidate will have:
• a recently obtained PhD in mathematics, computational sciences, or other relevant discipline
• an excellent track record as shown by publications, invitations and awards
• a sound grasp of issues, concepts and methods linked to the project as described in the application, and the ambition, resourcefulness, perseverance and cooperative skills needed to bring the project to a successful closure
• strong communication skills both towards direct collaborators and towards the wider research community
• an interest in science communication targeted at a variety of audiences
• good written and oral knowledge of English.
Contract length: 24 months.The University of Groningen offers a first-year gross salary ranging from € 3,111 euro to € 3,475 euro per month (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities), holiday and end-of-year reimbursements, and inclusion in a pension scheme. Employment by a Dutch University or research institute on the base of a fixed-term full time contract, for the duration of two years. Secondments, for short periods during the project, to other Dutch universities or research institutes can be considered.
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