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General News/UKSP Business:

AGP Community Report 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [December 1, 2020]

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached the Chairs Community Report for the 2020 Astronomy Grant Round.

AGP Community Report 2020

A copy will also be added to the Astronomy Grant Panel Web page which can be found at: (select ‘Outcomes of Previous Round’ tab)

Please be advised the closing date for the 2021 round is Thursday 4th March; the guidance is in the process of being updated and we hope to have published by the end of next week (w/c 30th November).

Kind regards,

Chloe Woodcock (Senior Programme Manager, Astronomy Awards), Sent on behalf of the AGP Chair, Prof Mark Sullivan

Reminder: Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award

from Natasha Jeffrey [December 1, 2020]

Dear colleague,

The PhD Research Award of the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS), which has been created in 2005, will again be awarded in 2021.
As an active researcher in plasma physics, you might be aware of PhD work of exceptional quality in plasma physics in an EPS member state. In this case, I would like to invite you to make a nomination for one of the maximum of four prizes available.

An Independent Scientific Jury nominated by the Board of the Plasma Physics Division expects to receive only a small number of truly outstanding candidates. The decision will be made in early March 2021. The downloadable instructions must be strictly followed for a nomination to be registered. The required supporting documentation includes a nomination form. Candidatures should be sent electronically to the email:

For more information on the award and instructions for nominations, please have a look at:

The nomination deadline is December 4, 2020. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Best regards,

Carlos Silva
Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear
Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa

The next UK-SOSS talk will be held on 10th of December, 10:00 (UK time)

from Marianna Korsos [November 26, 2020]

Speaker: Prof Philippa Browning (University of Manchester)
Title: Heating and particle acceleration in twisted flux ropes in solar and stellar flares
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 953 3817 1418

Twisted magnetic flux ropes are reservoirs of free magnetic energy. I will describe some recent advances in modelling plasma heating and non-thermal particle acceleration in twisted magnetic flux ropes in the context of solar flares. After an overview of twisted magnetic flux ropes in the corona, I will show how magnetic reconnection in fragmented current structures in kink-unstable twisted loops can both heat plasma and efficiently accelerate both electrons and ions. Forward modelling of the observational signatures of this process in EUV, hard X-rays and microwaves will be described, and the potential for observational identification of twisted magnetic fields in the solar corona discussed. Furthermore, the reconnection activity can drive oscillations which may be observable as oscillations in the microwave emission.
Then, coronal loops with multiple twisted threads will be considered, showing how instability in a single unstable twisted thread may trigger reconnection with stable neighbours, releasing their stored energy and causing an “avalanche” of heating events, with important implications for solar coronal heating. This avalanche can also accelerate charged particles throughout the structure.
Many other stars exhibit flares, and I will briefly describe recent work on modelling radio emission in flares in young stars (T Tauri stars). In particular, the enhanced radio luminosity of these stars relative to scaling laws for the Sun and other Main Sequence stars will be discussed.

With warmest regards,
Marianna Korsos, Chris Nelson, and Jiajia Liu
For information about previous talks, please visit the UK-SOSS website:
You can subscribe to the UK-SOSS newsletter on this link:
The UK-SOSS is supported by Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Green Fund

Reminder: IAU PhD Prize

from Natasha Jeffrey [November 16, 2020]

*IAU PhD Prize

Each IAU Division has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year). The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has IAU National Membership. The objective is to recognize outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world even at that early stage in the career.

I would like to count on you in informing potential candidates, in your country or institution, of this opportunity since the deadline for applications for the 2020 IAU PhD Prize will be the 15th December. The application form is available here: . The conditions and details for the application are available on the IAU webpage here: .

ESPD Media of the Month: November 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [November 15, 2020]

The ESPD is proud to announce the winning entry of its “Media of the Month” contest for November 2020: the image Second Solar Spectrum, by Franziska Zeuner (Istituto Ricerche Solari di Locarno).

The contest is running every month, so please submit your best images or videos by the end of this month to be considered for December 2020!

The winning image can be found at:

2020 Space Census is now open

from Natasha Jeffrey [November 2, 2020]

Dear All,

The 2020 Space Census is now open. This is the first census of the UK space sector, and the results will help improve what it’s like to work in the sector, tackle discrimination, and make the sector more attractive to new recruits. The Census is open to all academics working on space-related research, including PhD students, so please share with colleagues. Make sure you are included in the 2020 Space Census, visit

You can find more information on the UK Space Agency’s website:


RHESSI Nuggets in November 2020

from Hugh Hudson [November 24, 2020]

No. 393, “Self-Consistent Flare Model”, by Wwnzhi RUAN and Rony KEPPENS: Energy transport by fast particles made self-consistent with MHD flare modeling.

No. 394, “Probing the solar coronal heating function with slow magnetoacoustic waves,” by Dmitriii KOLOTKOV et al.: Coronal heating models meet damped slow magnetoacoustic waves.

No. 395. “What drives impulsive coronal heating?” by Pradeep CHITTA et al.: Impulsive footpoint emissions suggest magnetic reconnection in the chromosphere.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See for these and others. Comments about specific flares can often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.

New Hinode/EIS Science Nugget

from Deb Baker [November 24, 2020]

Dear all,
We are pleased to announce the new Hinode/EIS science nugget by David Stansby entitled: ‘Directly comparing the coronal and solar wind elemental fractionation’.

The link to the nugget is here:

The nugget archive is here:

We welcome contributions from the community. Please contact deborah dot baker at ucl dot ac dot uk.

Best wishes,
Deb Baker

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

First announcement of the Solar Orbiter school at Ecole de Physique des Houches (France)

from Miho Janvier [December 1, 2020]

First announcement of the Solar Orbiter school at Ecole de Physique des Houches (France)

We are pleased to announce that we are organising a school dedicated to Solar Orbiter, to be held at the Ecole de Physique des Houches, April 6th-9th (2021).

Overview and objectives:

The exploitation of the ESA Solar Orbiter mission will shape the activity of the international heliophysics community for the years to come. Its success will depend on our ability to combine in situ and remote sensing data. This school held in the French Alps, will provide training to young scientists in using the extremely various datasets and the tools specifically developed to analyze them. It targets an international audience primarily composed of PhD students and junior postdoctoral researchers.

It will provide short presentations of the mission instruments and first results, hands-on activities for data analyses, as well as sessions for presentation by students. The school is organised by the French community, but is open to everyone.

While we are still facing an on-going worldwide pandemic, the conference center may open but only to a very limited amount of participants. Furthermore, different situations from different locations in the world may mean that international travels will not be possible at the time the school will be held. Therefore, we will provide a live access to the online lectures/hands-on sessions/presentations as well. We will need interested participants (for both on-site and remote participants) to register online, to assess the interest in the community (note that registration for remote participation will be capped to allow proper online interactions).

While we monitor the situation, the current calendar is as follows: pre-registrations will open on December 15th, 2020 on the school website and will close on January 31st, 2021. Applicants will be notified early March, 2021 at the latest.

For more information about the program and updates see:

Scientific and local organising committee:

Miho Janvier (IAS)

Matthieu Kretzschmar (LPC2E)

Nicolas André (IRAP)

Frédéric Auchère (IAS)

Éric Buchlin (IAS)

Vincent Génot (IRAP)

Alexis Rouillard (IRAP)


Online Advanced Study Program on Helicities in Astrophysics and Beyond: Final sessions of 2020 and plans for 2021

from Kirill Kuzanyan [December 1, 2020]

We have organized the Online Advanced Study Program on Helicities in Astrophysics and Beyond, see earlier announcement . The aim of the Program for is not just an online replacement of traditional off-line meetings such as Helicity Thinkshops but more flexible communication involving rather broader community, by scientific interests, age, geographic coverage and experience in science, which would never physically gather for a traditional off-line focus event.

The initial schedule of the Program is for approximately 8 weeks and we already had five session completed between September through November 2020. Now we are going to arrange three more sessions in December. Each session is usually formed by one 60 minute talk, and one shorter 30 minute talk which includes questions and complementary discussion. The timing of each session is arranged by convenience of the speaker and the community with account of their time zones. Afterwards, the lecture materials, such as podcasts, presentations slides (at least brief) are published fully or partly online. The information about the Program, downloads and updates are available on, see also the announcement on

If you are interested please register at The information about the forthcoming events and access details are available there and they are sent around to registered participants.

The next two sessions are as follows:
Session 6 on Thursday, December 3:
13:00-13:30 UTC Shin Toriumi (JAXA/ISAS, Tokyo, Japan) “Convective Flux Emergence Simulations of the Generation of Flare-prolific Active Regions”
13:30-14:30 UTC Olga Khabarova (IZMIRAN, Moscow, Russia) “Polar magnetic tornadoes – the structures that connect the Sun and the heliosphere”
Session 7 on Friday, December 11:
1300-1330 Sung-Hong Park (ISEE Nagoya, Japan) “Magnetic Helicity Flux across Solar Active Region Photospheres: Hemispheric Sign Preference in Solar Cycle 24”
1330-1430 Avishek Ranjan (IIT Bombay, India) “On the generation and segregation of kinetic helicity in geodynamo simulations”
Session 8 is tentatively planned for the following week before December 18. The Program supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) grant 20-02-22008 will be over in December this year but we consider extending it and volunteering for further session after the New Year 2021. If you would like to give a talk at the future sessions, please use the submission function in your account on Have you further questions, please contact the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) by email and

Solar Sessions at the 2020 Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the APS

from Natasha Jeffrey [November 15, 2020]

You may be interested in the invited solar talks scheduled for the 2020 Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Physical Society. The virtual meeting solar sessions are scheduled for Friday-Saturday (Dec. 4-5). Registration for the meeting is here:

The 30-minute invited talks are listed below.

Session 1 – Solar Eruptions – Friday, Dec. 4 16:30-18:30
– Understanding and Predicting Solar Eruptions with High Resolution Observations and Machine Learning (H. Wang)
– Trigger Shy? A “Rosetta-Stone” Solar Eruption (E. Mason)
– Exploring Electron Energy Distribution in the SEP-associated Radio CME of 2012 July 17 (S. Tun-Beltran)

Session 2 – Solar Flares and Related Phenomena – Saturday, Dec. 5 09:00-11:00
– Radio-based Studies of Solar Flares: Looking Ahead to the Next Solar Maximum in 2025 (D. Gary)
– Solar Flare Energetic Electron Diagnostics: Beyond Hard X-Ray Power-Law Spectra (M. Alaoui)
– Dynamic Imaging Spectroscopy at Radio Wavelengths: New Insight into Energetic Processes on the Sun (S. Yu)

Session 3 – Solar Atmosphere – Saturday, Dec. 5 11:30-13:30
– Answering the Outstanding Questions of Solar Wind Physics (N. Viall)
– Pulsations and Oscillatory Signatures in Solar Flares — A Unique Probe of Fundamental Flare Processes (L. Hayes)
– Understanding the Flaring Solar Atmosphere (G. Kerr)

Session 4 – Saturday, Dec. 5 14:00-16:00
– Solar EUV Emission from the Transition Region and Corona in the Context of Coronal Heating (S. Schonfeld)

Upcoming Deadlines! RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting – 08 January 2021

from Jasmine Kaur Sandhu [November 11, 2020]

We would like to remind the community of upcoming deadlines for an RAS Speciallist Discussion Meeting on “Space Weather Energy Pathways and Implications for Impacts” to be held remotely on Friday 08 January 2021. Deadlines for abstracts and discussion session contributions is ***this week on Friday 13 November***. Full details and links for submission are included below…

Keynote Speakers:
Prof Emilia Kilpua (University of Helsinki) – Title TBA
Dr Andrew Dimmock (Swedish Institute of Space Physics) – The geomagnetic response in Fennoscandia to the September 2017 storm: observations and modelling

Meeting format:
The meeting abstract can be found on the RAS meeting page: .

The meeting will run from 10:30 – 15:30 on Friday 08 January 2021. The programme will include:
(a) Contributed talks.
(b) A collection of contributed posters, including a poster session.
(c) An open discussion on the September 2017 storm, accompanied by contributed 1-slide lightning talks to aid the discussion.

Further information on talk and poster requirements and a detailed programme will be circulated closer to the time. If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact me at

Abstract submission:
Abstracts should be submitted via the following Google Form by the end of Friday 13 November:

Contributions to the September 2017 open discussion:
We also invite contributions for the open discussion centred on the energy partitioning and Space Weather impacts of the September 2017 geomagnetic storm, in the format of short 1-slide lightning talks. The lightning talks could feature a particular set of observations, simulations, or modelling results for this event, or highlight a particular question or topic for discussion. If you would like to contribute a slide, please complete the following Google form by the end of Friday 13 November:

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Many thanks,

Jasmine Kaur Sandhu
Andy Smith, Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL
Mervyn Freeman, British Antarctic Survey


JOB OPENING: Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (remote work possible)

from Minna Palmroth [December 3, 2020]

The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and theoretical/computational modelling of space plasmas. We develop in particular the global magnetospheric hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions and planetary radiation belts.

We are now opening two postdoctoral fellow positions for a 2-year project with possible extension, funded by the Academy of Finland. The postdoctoral fellows will focus on:
Postdoc 1: Using, developing and running Vlasiator to model space plasmas in extreme conditions
Postdoc 2: Applying Extreme Value Theory to in situ measurements of electron fluxes in the Earth’s radiation belts.

Prior knowledge and useful skills:
Postdoc 1: Supercomputing environments and/or model development and/or data analysis
Postdoc 2: Statistical methods and/or machine learning and/or deep learning

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are innovative, high-spirited and a close community, and Finland is the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-family balance.

The positions are available immediately. Remote working will be possible for part of the project. We start reviewing the applications on 17 December 2020, but the positions will remain open until filled.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at), position 1; Adnane Osmane (adnane.osmane(at), position 2. Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the position’s responsible person above and cc the other.

4 Fully-funded PhD Opportunities (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

from James McLaughlin [December 1, 2020]

Please find below 4 fully-funded PhD adverts in the areas of Solar Physics and Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST), for PhD opportunities within the Solar Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK). The Solar Physics group is a large and successful research group, and our long-term programme is to understand all aspects of the solar-terrestrial connection. Evidence of the group’s success includes funding from STFC (including an Ernest Rutherford Fellow), NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Astronomical Society, the US Air Force, and a UKRI Future Leader Fellow. The group also plays multiple roles in the UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) programme in support of the UK Met Office.

The 4 PhD opportunities are:
• Oscillatory Reconnection: the physics of time-dependent, wave-generating reconnection

supervised by Professor James McLaughlin

• Can a star’s internal oscillations power their coronae

supervised by Dr Richard Morton

• Energy transfer in Earth’s Radiation Belts through global electromagnetic waves

supervised by Professor Jonathan Rae

• The substorm source of Earth’s outer radiation belt

supervised by Professor Clare Watt


Deadline is 7 January 2021, and the PhD starting date is anticipated to be March 2021.

For informal questions, please contact the relevant supervisor, and/or contact Professor James McLaughlin .

Details on the research group can be found here :

PhD Opportunities in Space Physics at Imperial College London 2021

from Adam Masters [November 25, 2020]

The Space & Atmospheric Physics Group at Imperial College London is now receiving applications for admission to our Space Physics PhD programme in October 2021. The following projects are on offer this academic year. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance.

Surface waves above the magnetic poles
Supervisors: Dr Martin Archer & Dr Jonathan Eastwood

Plasma environment around Ganymede
Supervisor: Prof Marina Galand

Emissions from the coma of comet 67P
Supervisor: Prof Marina Galand

Bow shocks of Venus and Mercury
Supervisor: Dr Heli Hietala

How does the Sun create the solar wind?
Supervisor: Prof Tim Horbury

Aeronomy of Jupiter or Mars & Venus
Supervisor: Dr Ingo Mueller-Wodarg

Laboratory Astrophysics: Spectroscopy of astrophysically important elements and applications of the new atomic data to astrophysics
Supervisor: Prof Juliet Pickering

Probing the nonlinear dynamics of turbulence in space plasma
Supervisor: Dr Julia Stawarz


This is an open call for applications, but positions are generally filled following interviews in the January to March timeframe. The final number of studentships we have available is confirmed around this time.

Studentships typically include a stipend to support living costs. Fees for home (UK, (pre-)settled status holder, indefinite leave to remain or enter) students, are covered, but not international student fees. EU students who do not have a (pre-)settled status will be considered international students. Applicants who are not UK nationals are particularly encouraged to contact supervisors before submitting an application.

We will be holding a virtual open day on Friday 15th January via Microsoft Teams. Potential supervisors will talk about their projects, and there will be opportunities to talk to individual supervisors in “breakout” rooms.

For more information about the projects on offer, the upcoming open day, and for instructions on how to apply, please see the below webpage.

Research Fellow in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory – University of St Andrews

from Duncan Mackay [November 25, 2020]

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: £33,797 – £38,017 per annum
Start Date: February 2021, Fixed Term: 16 months

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group has an opening for a Research Fellow to work in the field of solar or magnetospheric physics. Funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant, this project will mainly be in collaboration with Profs I De Moortel, A Hood, D Mackay, T Neukirch and C Parnell and Drs V Archontis and A Wright. Applications are sought from all areas of solar and magnetospheric physics. However, preference may be given to applicants with interests in (i) global magnetic field modelling, (ii) active region modelling and (iii) magnetic flux emergence. You should have completed or expect to obtain shortly a PhD in either solar physics or magnetospheric physics or a closely related subject.

This post is initially for a term of 16 months.

Informal enquiries to Prof Alan Hood, email: or Prof Duncan Mackay, email:

Also check the on-line details at,

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in Research Fellow posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at

Closing Date: 31 December 2020

Please quote ref: AR1741DD
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: £33,797 – £38,017 per annum
Start Date: February 2021
Fixed Term: 16 months

PhD Studentships at the University of Warwick

from Heather Cegla [November 24, 2020]

The Astronomy & Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick is recruiting PhD candidates to start in October 2021. All applications must be submitted by January 15th 2021, 12:00 pm GMT.

Available projects include:
-Stellar Variability and Exoplanet Characterisation (Supervisor: Heather Cegla)
-Extrasolar planetesimal belts (Supervisor: Grant Kennedy)
-The Population of Compact Double White Dwarf Binary Stars (Supervisor: Tom Marsh)
-Remnants of planetary systems around white dwarfs (Supervisor: Boris Gänsicke)
-Stellar and planet formation history across the disk and halo of the Milky Way (Supervisor: Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay)
-Exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution and simulation of future observations of bio-markers (Supervisor: Matteo Brogi)

Further details on how to apply and the available, and potential, projects can be found here:

Applicants are encouraged to contact the project supervisors for further information on the projects and/or the Department.

Warwick is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the research, with world leading expertise in white dwarfs and exoplanets, and is home to the cross-disciplinary Research Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability. Our group is involved in many major ground and space-based projects, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, ESA’s CHEOPS satellite and upcoming PLATO mission, the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), and the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO). We are also involved in the development of theoretical models using the University’s super-computing facilities, and are experts in the exploration of large and heterogenous data sets, adopting novel techniques including machine learning.

Moreover, Warwick is an excellent place to begin your scientific career, where you will be exposed to a wide range of research topics. You will be immersed in a friendly, collaborative and supportive environment, working with and learning from experts in very different areas, ranging from instrumentation to theoretical physics. At Warwick, personal development is a priority, and incoming PhD students will be invited to join our network of international collaborators, lead projects, and present their work on an international platform.

Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

At the University of Warwick, we strongly value equity, diversity and inclusion, and encourage applications from all under-represented groups.

More information on the Warwick Astronomy & Astrophysics Group can be found here:

More information on the Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability can be found here:

Non-UK candidates should consult the Scholarship and Funding Opportunities:, and contact the relevant project supervisor to discuss potential applications well in advance of the deadlines.

JOB OPENING: postdoctoral position in computational plasma physics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

from Natasha Jeffrey [November 18, 2020]

The Institute for Theoretical Physics I of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, Germany) invites applications from candidates (m/f/d) with interest in multi-scale plasma processes (magnetic reconnection, turbulence, instabilities) in the heliospheric environment, and in innovative numerical methods for the simulation of plasmas.

The ideal candidate (m/f/d) should be very familiar with at least three of the following items:

plasma physics, space physics
numerical methods for plasma simulations: kinetic (preferentially PIC) or MHD
computer programming in Python, C and/or C++
High Performance Computing, parallel programming
solar, magnetospheric and/or solar wind data analysis (simulation and/ or observations)

The candidate (m/f/d) is expected to work well in an international environment and to participate in the teaching activities of the group.

For more information, please contact Maria Elena Innocenti at and refer to

To apply, please send a CV, list of publication and statement of research interest (~ 1 page) to

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications from suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome


A Ph.D. in space physics or similar discipline is required

Ad data

Type of employment
Full time
Period of employment
three years
E13 in the German salary scale
Application deadline
Thursday, 3rd of December 2020 – 11:59PM
Application mail

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

from Jonathan Eastwood [November 18, 2020]

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

For full details and to apply, visit

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

JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Minna Palmroth [November 9, 2020]

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised in modelling of space plasmas. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods.

We are now opening a postdoctoral fellow position for a 3-year project funded by the Academy of Finland. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on developing Vlasiator and modelling space plasmas. Prior knowledge in at least one of the following areas is required: GPU technologies, high-performance computing, parallelisation algorithms, C++. Other useful skills include: plasma physics, Python supercomputer environments, version control.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The Vlasiator team is innovative, high-spirited and a close community, whereas Finland is the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-family balance.

The 3-year position is available from 1 Jan 2021 onwards. The deadline for applications is 4.12.2020.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at) Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Mila.Hyytinen(at), and cc: Minna.Palmroth(at)