Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 907-PRIMUS22_POST [#16472]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Numerical Analysis
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Prague, Hlavni mesto Praha 186 75, Czech Republic [map]
Subject Area: Numerical and Computational Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2022/03/07 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/11/24, updated 2020/10/13, listed until 2022/03/10)
Position Description:    

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in the Department of Numerical Mathematics at Charles University, Czech Republic, on the Primus research project "Agglomeration and refinement of polytopic meshes for virtual element and discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods".

This project is concerned with the development and analysis of new algorithms for creating agglomerated meshes for use in discontinuous Galerkin finite element (DGFEM) or virtual element (VEM) methods. Existing methods of agglomeration are not designed to optimise the resulting DGFEM or VEM and, as such, may construct sub-optimal meshes with larger than ideal error. Therefore, the aim of this project is to design algorithms for constructing agglomerated meshes that

  • improve the DGFEM and VEM methods defined on the mesh by considering the analysis of the numerical method, and
  • optimise the mesh based on a priori knowledge (such as domain geometry).

Further details of the project can be found on the project website.

The postdoctoral researcher on this project will be responsible for developing the research in relation to the virtual element method, and will also be expected to help supervise the two Ph.D. students on the project.

The initial appointment will be for three years with an initial starting salary of 49 000 CZK/month. The expected start date is September 1st 2022, although a later start date can be negotiated.

Person Specification

Applicants must hold a Ph.D., by the start date of the position (September 2022) and have experience with numerical analysis and finite element methods. Desirably, the applicant would also have experience with virtual element and/or discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods. Knowledge of MATLAB, C++, Python, or similar programming languages is required.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit the following documents to before March 7th 2022:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Cover Letter explaining motivation and interest in this position,
  • Brief summary of Ph.D. thesis (including PDF of thesis if available).

Additionally, the candidate should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to the same email address before the same deadline (March 7th 2022).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview in March 2022.

Additional Information

Informal enquiries about this position can be directed to:

Dr. Scott Congreve,
Charles University,
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
Department of Numerical Mathematics,
Sokolovská 83,
18675 Prague

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