Job Advert: PDRA position at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

May 18, 2017, from Robert Wicks

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), based near Dorking in Surrey, UK, seek to appoint a scientifically productive post-doctoral scientist to undertake research in the area of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies which are relevant to our preparations for the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter mission. UCL/MSSL is the Principal Investigator institute for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) suite of instruments for this mission. The appointee will be expected to use relevant data from current or previous missions to perform scientific investigations prior to the availability of the state-of-the-art SWA data which will be collected by Solar Orbiter following launch in 2019.

The appointee will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider group scientific activities, including more general preparations for future space plasma research missions. The post is available immediately, through to the end of March 2019 in the first instance, with a possible extension thereafter subject to obtaining funding through renewal of the post under the MSSL Solar System Research Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or through additional national or international funding sources.

The post holder will conduct original research within the field of solar wind and space plasma science with particular emphasis on the formation and evolution of the solar wind through the heliosphere. He/she will be encouraged to undertake domestic and international travel in support of the research programme. The successful candidate will be required to undertake original research primarily in solar wind physics, with particular emphasis on preparatory science for the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission; communicate research through the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and participation at relevant conferences and workshops.

A detailed job description and details of how to apply can be found here: