ERC project PROMINENT: 2 Postdoc and 1 PhD position at CmPA, KU Leuven, Belgium

July 4, 2019, from Rony Keppens

Within the ERC Advanced grant PROMINENT from PI Rony Keppens, three positions are available for computationally aided solar physics research. The main research topic is to unravel the secrets of Solar Prominences: How, where and why does the million degree solar corona spontaneously form these gigantic structures? What causes the fine-structure throughout the prominence body, and what is the role of solar tornadoes often found at their feet? How do they relate to coronal rain and can we model their entire lifecycle from formation to eruption? Within the next 5 years, a dedicated team effort led by Prof. Keppens and embedded within the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at KU Leuven sets forth to guide, interpret, and confront solar prominence activity in upcoming observations.

The 3 positions can start at the earliest on September 1st, 2019, when the ERC PROMINENT project kicks off. Actual starting dates will be negotiated, but preferably begin before or on January 1, 2020.

PhD position:

Postdoc position A:
This position will use our state-of-the-art open source software MPI-AMRVAC to study data-driven models of flux ropes hosting prominences.

Postdoc position B:This postdoc is intended to play a prominent role in the development of, support for and application of our MPI-parallelized, open source Fortran code MPI-AMRVAC (see and its suite of python-based post-processing tools.