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Research Fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics on Magnetoconvection in the Earth Liquid Core Funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Full-time, Fixed Term until 31st December 2021
Closing Date: 13 March 2020
Under the supervision of Professor Alban Pothérat, (http://users.complexity-coventry.org/~potherat/), Executive Director of the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems Research, Coventry University, UK.

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in Experimental Fluid Mechanics sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust (http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk). The project concerns convection in magnetic fields in the so called “Tangent Cylinder” region of the Earth’s core. Much of the mystery surrounding the Earth’s dynamics (its magnetic field, plate tectonics) lies in the nature of the convective patterns within the Earth’s liquid core, and in particular in the region called the “Tangent Cylinder”. What are the possible convective states under the combined influence of the Earth’s rotation and magnetic field, and how erratic are they? This project is part of a theoretical and experimental research program funded by the Trust that aims at answering these questions. The purpose of the experimental part of the programme is to explore the nonlinear convective states that may exist within a laboratory based ‘Tangent Cylinder’ when suitable perturbations are applied to the flow. These states will then be evaluated to see which are mostly likely to underpin the Earth’s core convection.

The project involves operating a novel experiment previously developed in our group to visualise rotating magnetoconvective patterns. Its principle is to use a weakly conductive, but transparent electrolyte, subjected to the very high magnetic fields available at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory (France). Part of the experimental work will consist of upgrading the technique first developed in this experiment that makes it possible to visualise flow patterns in electrically conductive fluids by means of bespoke Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) methods.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD or equivalent in Fluid Mechanics, Geophysics, or Physics with a proven track record of producing scientific output at the highest level, as evidenced by high-quality journal publications. The Research Associate will work within the vibrant environment of the Fluid Dynamics group, part of the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre, at Coventry University. The group conducts both fundamental and applied research in the fields of stability, magnetohydrodynamics, turbulence and geophysical fluid dynamics as well as other areas of fluid mechanics. In the REF2014, 84% of the group’s output, as part of the mathematics submission, was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’. The project involves extended stays at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, France where the experiment will be operated.

The post is fixed term until 31st December 2021. To apply please also include your CV with a publication list. For further information please contact Professor Alban Pothérat (Coventry University, alban.potherat@coventry.ac.uk, +44(0)2477 65 88 65).

Closing Date: 13 March 2020

Apply online

9-12 June 2020: 13th CHAOS2020 International Conference in Florence, Italy

Dear Colleague,

This is an Invitation to Participate in the conference with an Abstract and to propose an Invited Session/s (3-6 talks) or a Workshop (more than 2 Sessions).

If you already have submitted your contribution please see the book from the previous year CHAOS2019 on “12th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference” (Springer, 2020) at https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030395148 .

Already published the book from CHAOS2018 on “11th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference” (Springer, 2019): https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030152963


A first list of Invited Sessions/Workshops is already in the conference website along with the Plenary/Keynote Speakers (see at www.cmsim.org and related pages as http://www.cmsim.org/committeesplenary2020.html and http://www.cmsim.org/invitedsessions2020.html ).


The Nonlinear Systems Conference titled:  13th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference (CHAOS2020, 9-12 June 2020, Florence, Italy, www.cmsim.org ) will be hosted in the Grand Hotel Adriatico. Download the poster at: http://www.cmsim.org/images/CHAOS2020_Poster.pdf


Chaos theory is developed rapidly the last decades. With CHAOS2020 International Conference we celebrate 13 years of active presence in the field via the annual conference, the proceedings and publications in books (The Springer Proceedings in Complexity) and the CMSIM Journal.


Many thanks to the Honorary Committee and the Scientific Committee for their support.


For Abstract submission and special session proposals please visit the conference website at: www.cmsim.org or send email to Secretariat@cmsim1.org . A Late Submission option isprovided.


New Book from Lectures in CHAOS2017: Fractional Dynamics, Anomalous Transport and Plasma Science (C. H. Skiadas, Ed), Springer (2018)



You can also submit papers for publication in the CMSIM Journal at www.cmsim.eu where the best papers presented are included, further to other publications in Springer and the Springer Proceedings in Complexity.


Looking forward to welcome you in Florence for the Conference,


On behalf of the Conference Committee,


Prof. Christos H Skiadas,

Conference Chair


Over the years several Books from leading publishers emerged from the CHAOS Conferences and events.

To see a list of the main publications further to the Conference Proceedings visit the first page of the Conference website at: www.cmsim.org .



Note that the CHAOS and Nonlinear Analysis Conferences started many years earlier and our email lists include old and new addresses.

1 – 3 September, 2020: iTi Conference on Turbulence IX in Bertinoro, Italy

Dear Colleague,

we are pleased to invite you to attend the iTi Conference on Turbulence IX in Bertinoro, Italy, September 1st – 3rd, 2020. The iTi (interdisciplinary Turbulence initiative) is a series of conferences organized in order to focus on different aspects of both fundamental and applied turbulence research. Therefore, both engineers and physicists working in the field of turbulence are invited to join the conference.

Topics comprise themes such as: Fundamentals, Modeling, Simulations (DNS and LES), Mathematical Methods, Coherent Structures/Vortices, Scaling Laws and Intermittency, Large Re flow experiments, Convection, Polymers and Scalars, Scalar Mixing and Particles, Turbulent Boundary Layers, Atmospheric flows and MHD.

The ninth conference of the iTi series will again take place in one of the most beautiful conference centers in Europe: the University Centre of Bertinoro. The Centre is located in three large historical and monumental buildings on the top of an ancient town. For further details please check here: https://ceub.it/

As in the previous editions the peer reviewed proceedings will be published in the volume “Progress in Turbulence IX” by Springer.

List of iTi invited key-note speakers:
P. Henrik Alfredsson (KTH, Sweden)
Bérengère Dubrulle (CNRS, France)
Massimo Germano (Duke University, USA)
Clara Marika Velte (DTU, Denmark)

Dates and deadlines:
iTi 2020: September 1st – 3rd 2020, welcome reception August 31st
Abstract submission: March 31st, 2020
Response/accepting the contribution: May 26th, 2020
Early registration for Conference and Workshop: until July 14th, 2020
Late registration for Conference and Workshop: until September 1st, 2020
Submission of full paper: September 29th, 2020

All the essential information is already available on the conference Website http://www.fdy.tu-darmstadt.de/iti/index.en.jsp where also LaTeX and Word templates for the preparation of the abstracts are made available.

We are very happy to welcome you in Bertinoro.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon

Best wishes

Martin Oberlack (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Joachim Peinke (Universität Oldenburg / ForWind)
Alessandro Talamelli (Università di Bologna)
Ramis Örlü (KTH Stockholm)