University of Oslo, Norway – Post-doc position in solar physics (Solar ALMA project)

September 1, 2019, from Richard Morton

A post-doctoral research fellow position is available at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship period is 3 years. The preferred starting date is January 1st, 2020 but an alternative starting date can be negotiated.

The postdoctoral position is connected to the project ” ALMA – The key to the Sun’s coronal heating problem” (SolarALMA), which is funded with a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The aim of the SolarALMA project is to utilize the first regular observations of the Sun with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), which promises significant steps towards understanding the outer layers of the solar atmosphere, and to further develop adequate techniques for processing and analysing solar ALMA observations. The chosen approach combines solar observations with ALMA and other ground-based and space-borne telescopes, novel diagnostic tools and state-of-the-art 3D numerical simulations of the solar atmosphere. For more information, see the project page:
http://www.mn.uio.no/astro/english/research/projects/solaralma/

The core team working with solar ALMA observations at the University of Oslo currently consists of 3 (postdoctoral) researchers, 3 PhD students, and the PI (S. Wedemeyer). The team is an integral part of the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS), which is a centre of excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo. The primary goal of RoCS 10-year effort lies in understanding the workings of the energetic Sun by using a combination of numerical modelling and high quality observations taken at ground based and space based observatories. The solar group /RoCS is led by Mats Carlsson and has an internationally leading competence in radiative transfer and radiative magnetohydrodynamics. Observationally, the group has access to the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on La Palma, to ALMA, to several space based satellites such as NASA’s IRIS and SDO, JAXA’s Hinode and in the near future ESA’s Solar Orbiter. The group utilizes strongly local and national High-Performance Computing facilities.

The successful candidate will contribute to the SolarALMA project both on observational and numerical modelling aspects.

  • Qualifications: The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Applicants must hold (or soon hold) a PhD degree or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astrophysics, astronomy, space sciences or a related discipline. We seek a candidate with a background preferably in solar / stellar physics or radio astronomy, who has experience with 2D/3D numerical simulations and/or the analysis of observations incl. the handling of large data sets. Programming skills are an essential requirement. Experience with CASA, Python, IDL and/or C++ is considered an asset. The candidate must be highly self-driven and able to take responsibility for her/his own work, including troubleshooting and acquiring additional skills required to reach the project goals while collaborating with the team. A good command of English is required.
  • Salary: Ppost-doctoral research fellow position is available at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship period is 3 years. The preferred starting date is January 1st, 2020 but an alternative starting date can be negotiated.The postdoctoral position is connected to the project ” ALMA – The key to the Sun’s coronal heating problem” (SolarALMA), which is funded with a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The aim of the SolarALMA project is to utilize the first regular observations of the Sun with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), which promises significant steps towards understanding the outer layers of the solar atmosphere, and to further develop adequate techniques for processing and analysing solar ALMA observations. The chosen approach combines solar observations with ALMA and other ground-based and space-borne telescopes, novel diagnostic tools and state-of-the-art 3D numerical simulations of the solar atmosphere. For more information, see the project page:
    http://www.mn.uio.no/astro/english/research/projects/solaralma/

    The core team working with solar ALMA observations at the University of Oslo currently consists of 3 (postdoctoral) researchers, 3 PhD students, and the PI (S. Wedemeyer). The team is an integral part of the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS), which is a centre of excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo. The primary goal of RoCS 10-year effort lies in understanding the workings of the energetic Sun by using a combination of numerical modelling and high quality observations taken at ground based and space based observatories. The solar group /RoCS is led by Mats Carlsson and has an internationally leading competence in radiative transfer and radiative magnetohydrodynamics. Observationally, the group has access to the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on La Palma, to ALMA, to several space based satellites such as NASA’s IRIS and SDO, JAXA’s Hinode and in the near future ESA’s Solar Orbiter. The group utilizes strongly local and national High-Performance Computing facilities.

    The successful candidate will contribute to the SolarALMA project both on observational and numerical modelling aspects.

    • Qualifications: The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Applicants must hold (or soon hold) a PhD degree or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astrophysics, astronomy, space sciences or a related discipline. We seek a candidate with a background preferably in solar / stellar physics or radio astronomy, who has experience with 2D/3D numerical simulations and/or the analysis of observations incl. the handling of large data sets. Programming skills are an essential requirement. Experience with CASA, Python, IDL and/or C++ is considered an asset. The candidate must be highly self-driven and able to take responsibility for her/his own work, including troubleshooting and acquiring additional skills required to reach the project goals while collaborating with the team. A good command of English is required.
    • Salary: Position Code 1352, Salary: NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per year ( pay grade 57- 65), depending on qualifications and seniority.
    • Application deadline: September 30, 2019.

    More information and online application at
    https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/174305/postdoctoral-research-fellowship-in-astrophysics

    Please feel free to forward this announcement to suitable candidates.

    osition Code 1352, Salary: NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per year ( pay grade 57- 65), depending on qualifications and seniority.

  • Application deadline: September 30, 2019.

More information and online application at
https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/174305/postdoctoral-research-fellowship-in-astrophysics

Please feel free to forward this announcement to suitable candidates.


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