Postdoctoral Position at Imperial College London in Space Weather/Magnetospheric Physics

November 18, 2020, from Jonathan Eastwood

Post-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Magnetospheric Physics at Imperial College London, closing date: 11-December-2020.

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. You will have an integral role in the delivery of the science goals of the SWIMMR Activities in Ground Effects (SAGE) consortium. SAGE (consisting of BGS, BAS, Imperial College and UCL/MSSL) specifically addresses the impact of space weather on power grids, pipelines and similar infrastructure. SAGE will provide accurate now/forecasts of the ground magnetic and electric fields across the UK, and will make operational, at the Met Office, new UK forecasting capabilities. This will be based, in part, on Gorgon, Imperial’s first-principles physics-based global magnetospheric model. You will produce independent and original research in the science areas of the SAGE project, including further development and optimisation of Gorgon code modules that forecast the ground geomagnetic field perturbation, and using high performance computing resources at Imperial and the Met Office to help implement Gorgon operationally. You will also present work at conferences and publish your results in the peer-reviewed literature.

Essential Requirements:
You will have:
• A PhD (or equivalent) in the field of space physics
• A strong background and confidence in space plasma physics
• Experience in one or both of: (1) the analysis of in-situ measurements of space plasmas from spacecraft plasma and field data (2) the analysis of macroscale simulations such as the Earth’s magnetosphere or similar
• Research experience in computer programming for data analysis or simulation post-processing
• Evidence of the ability to carry out original research and to produce first author scientific research papers

Full details can be found in the job description and person specification here:

For questions or queries, and to find out more about SWIMMR, the SAGE project, the prospects for space weather in the UK, and the opportunities this postdoc provides, please contact