Research Associate (Solar Physics)

July 24, 2017, from Rebecca Crookall

Research Associate (Solar Physics)
University of Central Lancashire – School of Physical Sciences & Computing
Reference number: REQ003025
Hours: Full time (1.0 FTE)
Basis: Fixed term contract for 36 months
Grade: G (£29301 – £33943)
Closing Date: 24 September 2017
Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute based within the School of Physical Sciences and Computing at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK is seeking a Research Associate to work with Professor Robert Walsh in the area of activity and dynamics of the solar atmosphere.

The successful applicant will focus upon the analysis and interpretation of appropriate datasets from satellite missions (SDO, STEREO, IRIS and Hinode) as well as lay the groundwork for the scientific exploitation of data from a number of planned observing rocket programmes (including MaGIXS and the reflight of HiC). Comparison with active region coronal plasma loop simulations will also be undertaken. The role is complementary to the work stream in UCLan’s new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) around space engineering.

The appointee will also be required to participate in targeted public engagement projects as well as possibly contribute to teaching or demonstrating for not more than six hours per week.
The postholder will have a BSc or equivalent and a PhD or submission of thesis before appointment, in relevant subjects. With experience in the field of space physics, you will have the demonstrated ability for undertaking independent research as well as work effectively as part of a team. You will have the ability to create and deliver new research ideas alongside a developed approach to problem solving. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to interact with a wide range of stakeholders. Additionally, you will also have good IT, computing and report writing skills.

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is comprised of nearly 30 academic staff members with a wide range of interests ranging from solar physics to stellar and extragalactic astrophysics. The Solar Physics group includes Prof Robert Walsh, Dr Silvia Dalla, Dr Danielle Bewsher and Dr Daniel Brown. Further information about the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute at the University of Central Lancashire can be found at

Should you have any queries about the position, please contact Professor Robert Walsh at or on +44 1772 894282.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Please apply online via if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quote the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.