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PhD Position Available

The Metamorphic Processes Research Group (MPRG) at the Institute of Geoscience, JGU Mainz, invites applications for a PhD position in the field of Metamorphic Processes. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research at the intersection of computational methods and geological sciences. 

 Understanding natural processes involves the ability to solve complex systems of equations (partial differential equations – PDEs) in order to predict the time evolution of highly interacting systems. Nowadays, modern programming languages, like Julia, allow the development of fast, high-level algorithms. The successful candidate will focus on the development and application of computational methods related to PDE-constrained optimization in relation to porous fluid flow and metamorphic reactions. This approach allows the integration of geological/petrological/geophysical data in a unified framework. 

You will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary team, utilizing state-of-the-art computational tools to model and simulate the complex phenomena driving metamorphic transformations. 

Please, check the flyer and full description here.

Hendrik Ranocha gives his Antrittsvorlesung

M3ODEL PI Prof. Dr. Hendrik Ranocha will give his Antrittsvorlesung soon. It is a public event to which you are cordially invited to attend.

Title: "Numerische Mathematik"
Date: Thursday May 2nd, 2024
Time: 16 hs.
Place: Hörsaal Audi Max, Alte Mensa, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5

Check the flyer here.

Valentin Churavy presents "Making dynamic program programs run fast" at the Numerics Seminar, 21.12.2023

M3ODEL is happy to announce that the Numerics Seminar will host Valentin Churavy, MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Valenting is an active member of the Julia Lab, which focuses on theoretical and numerical aspects of the core Julia language, base library, and several other packages.
The seminar will take place at 17 hs. on Thursday December 21st, Hilbertraum 05-432, Staudingerweg 9, JGU Mainz.

Workshop: Numerical Modelling of Chemical Diffusion in Petrology and Geochemistry, March 2024

Following the successful workshop of October 2023, Professor E. Moulas from the Institute for Geosciences offers a workshop on modeling chemical diffusion with applications to problems in geochemistry. It will take place from 11 to 15 of March 2024 in the Inst. for Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

Over the past years, the development of computers and analytical equipment has made inverse diffusion modelling a very important tool in Geosciences. In this workshop, the participants will learn to develop numerical codes “from scratch” in order to solve diffusion problems for petrological applications. The overall schedule of the course is as follows:

1) Introduction to diffusion problems - analytical solutions and simple numerical implementations.

2) Introduction to time-transformation techniques - applications of Geospeedometry and Diffusion Chronometry.

3) Introduction to the Finite Element Method in 1-D.

4) Diffusion Couples and the application to Geospeedometry.

5) Non-linear (concentration dependent) and/or (depending on time) Multicomponent Solution implementations.

During the 5 days of the workshop the participants will develop their own diffusion codes that could be used in answering real-research questions. The participants will also learn how to benchmark their codes using available analytical solutions.

The registration fee is 80EUR per person.Members of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) receive a 50% discount.

For more information, please contact Evangelos Moulas or check the website.

Participants of the October 2023 Workshop

Joint M3ODEL, BINARY & Emergent AI Meeting, Oct. 9–11 2023

The annual meeting of M3ODEL PIs this year will be a larger one, organized together with the PIs of BINARY and Emergent AI. The program will include the presentation of proposed joint, interdisciplinary projects, which are supposed to start beginning of the next funding cycle (Jan. 2024).
The joint projects will differ from those of the first cycle; the new ones will last no more than to 2 years, and the work will be suitable for post-docs. That means that we will be able to fund more, smaller projects.
The meeting will be in person at the campus of the JGU. More information will come soon:

Date: Monday - Wednesday, late September or early October
Time: all day
Place: HIM Helmholtz Institute Mainz, Conference Room I-III

PI Meeting, May 5 2023

The next PI meeting will be held on May 5th.
The goal is start planning the projects that will be funded for the second cycle of M3ODEL, beginning in 2024. These projects will also be interdisciplinary, but are meant to last no more than to 2 years, and the work will be suitable for post-docs. That means that we will be able to fund more, smaller projects.

To encourage exchange and discussions, so that potential ideas become suitable projects, we will organize this PI meeting exclusively in presence. Please, save the date and location:

Date: Friday, 5. May
Time: 10–16 hs.
Place: Staudinger Saal, MPI-P, Ackermannweg 10

Tanja Weil presents the C3BioMat Initiative

Tanja Weil, head of the Synthesis of Macromolecules group and director at the MPI-P, will give a special talk to introduce the project she is submitting as an excellence cluster, called “Communicating Biomaterials: Convergence Center for Life-like Soft and Biological Systems (C3BioMat)”, to all M3ODEL members.
Please join us for this interesting event. The information is below.

Date: Monday March 20th
Time: 10:00 hs.
Place: Room 1.003/1.004, MPI-P, Ackermannweg 10

2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for Modeling

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded "for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems" with one half jointly to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann and the other half to Giorgio Parisi. This year's Nobel Prize recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary research efforts into the modeling of complex systems as pursued by M³ODEL.