Full time position at BIRA-IASB-KU Leuven (Belgium) Space physics ZAP-2020-202

January 7, 2021, from Natasha Jeffrey

[on behalf of Marcel Goossens]

A full-time tenure track academic vacancy as an independent academic staff (50%) work leader (50%) is vacant within the framework of the BIRA-IASB FED-tWIN research pro- gramme between the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, Division of Plasma-astrophysics and the Federal Scientific Institute BIRA-IASB.

The research duties include:
You will elaborate test particle simulations embedded within large-scale MHD models on space plasmas, as well as study particle distributions using methods of supervised and unsupervised machine learning (ML). At BIRA-IASB and in collaboration with the KU Leuven team, you will address major remaining issues related to energetic particles in space plasmas using the kinetic approach, and you will implement different mechanisms in numerical models at different scales.

The KU Leuven team has considerable expertise in space and solar physics, in using Machine Learning and in the development of simulations and models of space and solar plasmas to track the development of energetic particles.

BIRA-IASB is a Belgian Federal Scientific Institute conducting research and providing services in space aeronomy, i.e. the physics and chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere and other planets, and outer space. BIRA-IASB has strong experience in space weather and in developing kinetic models of solar wind interactions with the terrestrial magnetosphere. You can apply for this job no later than February 15, 2021. For full details about the position, please visit:

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Giovanni Lapenta, tel.: +32 16 32 79 65, mail: giovanni.lapenta@kuleuven.be. For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.

The search committee: N. Crosby, J. De Keyser, M. Goossens.