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The SunPy Project: Open Source Development and Status of the Version 1.0 Core Package

from Sophie Murray [February 14, 2020]

The SunPy Community is pleased to announce a new publication related to SunPy v1.0 in the Astrophysical Journal (, with the software reviewed by the Journal of Open Source Software (

The goal of the SunPy project is to facilitate and promote the use and development of community-led, free, and open source data analysis software for solar physics based on the scientific Python environment. This paper describes the first official stable release (version 1.0) of the core package, as well as the project organisation and infrastructure.

Please visit for more information about SunPy, including instructions for installation, contact details for any questions you may have, and details on how to contribute to the community.

Topical Issue “Space Weather Instrumentation”, deadline 31 May 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [February 5, 2020]

We invite you to submit a paper to a Topical Issue of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) entitled “Space Weather Instrumentation”. This Topical Issue arises from the “Space Weather Instrumentation” session of the 16th European Space Weather Week held in Liège, Belgium, in November 2019. However, the Topical Issue is NOT restricted to papers presented during this session. Please see full details below (from

Best wishes,

Richard Harrison (on behalf of the editorial team)


The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) opens a Topical Issue on “Space Weather Instrumentation” to appear in 2020/2021.

Space weather research, forecasting and operations rely on measurements and observations generated by specialized sensors and instrumentation. The purpose of this Topical Issue is to provide a forum dedicated to Space Weather Instrumentation questions and concepts. Topics to be covered include the following:

a. Emerging requirements for Space Weather Instrumentation, data and resources;
b. Ground-based Space Weather Instruments and networks (including magnetometers, VLF receivers, riometers, ionosondes and neutron monitors);
c. Balloon and aircraft-based Space Weather Instruments;
d. Space-based in-situ sensors measuring cause (particles and fields) and effect (internal / surface charging, solar cell degradation etc);
e. Space-based remote-sensing instruments (EUV imagers, coronagraphs, etc);

This Topical Issue arises from the 16th European Space Weather Week held in Liège, Belgium, in November 2019, primarily from the Session 12 entitled “Space Weather Instrumentation”. However, it is not restricted to papers presented during this session. All contributions related to these topics are welcome.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the JSWSC online submission tool. Guidelines for submission of papers are found on the JSWSC web site under the tab “Instruction for Authors”

Deadline: 31 May 2020.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the aims and scope of JSWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions.

Manuscripts about new instrumental developments and/or observational procedures are very suitable for publication under the category of technical papers. We encourage and expect that such papers will use measurable physical quantities to demonstrate expected performance or to validate actual performances of these new developments or procedures.

Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the JSWSC website. JSWSC offers the possibility to publish supplementary material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
Prof Richard A Harrison, RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK []

Topical Editors (TE):
Dr Jackie Davies, RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK []
Dr Keith Ryden, University of Surrey, UK []
Dr Volker Bothmer, University of Göttingen, Germany []
Dr Benoit Lavraud, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France []

For questions regarding this Topical Issue, please, contact the T-EiC. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office ( should be contacted.

A Frontiers Research Topic “Solar-stellar Connection Revealed by Magnetic Activity and Eruptive Phenomena” is now open for submission.

from Natasha Jeffrey [February 3, 2020]

The website of the Research Topic is

Manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following peer reviewed journals:
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences
or Frontiers in Physics

Manuscript submission due date:

20 September 2020

About this Research Topic:
Observations have revealed that the Sun and the stars possess the common magnetic activity and eruptive phenomena in their atmosphere. The observational approaches include light curve and spectrum for both the Sun and the stars as well as spatial resolution imaging, mostly for the Sun. The wavelength bands include the white light for photosphere, optical spectral lines for chromosphere, ultraviolet for chromosphere and transition region, and soft X-ray for corona. The radio observations also provide information on solar and stellar magnetic activity. The magnetic features in the photosphere, such as the spots and faculae, cause rotational modulation in the observed solar and stellar light curves. The optical spectral lines such as Ca II H&K and Hα can indicate chromospheric activities. Measurements of the stellar magnetic field demonstrate a relatively stronger global magnetic field of stars than that of the Sun. Long-term observations disclose the solar and stellar activity cycles. The stellar activities indicated by the X-ray intensities observed via space satellites show a clear relationship between the activity level and the rotation rate of stars, which gives strong implications on the magnetic dynamo process in the convection zones of stars. Like the helioseismology technique for the Sun, the asteroseismology approach can give clues of stellar internal structures as well as the activities manifested on the surface of the stars.

The flare activity is a prominent eruptive phenomenon found on both the Sun and the stars. The solar mass ejections in chromosphere and corona are commonly observed on the Sun, and modern observations also provide evidence of chromospheric and coronal mass ejections of stars. These eruptive phenomena may cause significant impacts on space weather and planetary habitability. The contemporary time-domain survey missions such as the Kepler and TESS space telescopes can provide stellar light curve data with extremely large volume and high temporal resolution. These data greatly advanced our knowledge about the magnetic activity and flares of stars. The statistical and case analyses demonstrate the connections between the solar and stellar magnetic activity and eruptive phenomena in various aspects. These studies also reveal the different magnetic activity properties along with the age, rotation rate, spectral type, evolution stage, and other parameters of stars.

The physical models and imaging observations of the Sun can provide a framework basis for investigating the physical mechanism of stellar magnetic activity and eruptive phenomena. The knowledge of the stars can extend our physical view of the magnetic activity and eruptive phenomena on the Sun. This Research Topic invites Review and Original Research articles on any subjects concerning the solar-stellar magnetic activity and eruptive phenomena.

Topic Editors:
Han He, National Astronomical Observatories (CAS), China
Bo Li, Shandong University, China
Valery M Nakariakov,University of Warwick, UK
Gerry Doyle,Armagh Observatory & Planetarium,N. Ireland
Fabio Reale, University of Palermo, Italy

ESPD Media of the month contest now open!

from Tiago Pereira [January 30, 2020]

We are excited to present the new “Media of the Month Contest” of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD), which is starting in February 2020. We encourage the whole community to participate and submit high-quality images, videos, or other media related to solar physics to Wikimedia Commons. The ESPD board will select a winner every month, which will be displayed in the ESPD web page and advertised through our media presence.

More details on the WikiProject page ( and in our web page (

The first winner will be announced in early March 2020, so make sure you submit before the end of February!

Topical Issue on Space climate in JSWSC: Deadline on 31 March

from Kalevi Mursula [January 22, 2020]

Dear Colleagues,

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) accepts submissions of
research and review manuscripts for a Topical Issue on “Space climate: The past and
future of solar activity” to appear in 2020. This is an open call for papers discussing any aspect of Space Climate, i.e., the long-term change in the Sun and its effects in the heliosphere and the near-Earth space environment, including solar effects on the atmosphere and climate.

For more information, see

Extended deadline for submitted papers: March 31, 2020.

No need to delay submission until deadline since each paper will be treated and published individually at the pace of its own refereeing process. Early submission may even avoid the rush around the deadline and lead to faster publication.

For submission, start with the following website:

With best regards,

Kalevi Mursula, University of Oulu, Finland
Paul Charbonneau, University of Montreal, Canada
Agnieszka Gil-Świderska, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in
Siedlce, Poland
Natalie Krivova, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany
Ilya Usoskin, University of Oulu, Finland


RHESSI Science Nuggets in January 2020

from Hugh Hudson [January 23, 2020]

No. 368: “Remembering John Brown,” by Alec MacKinnon. We mourn the loss of one of RHESSI’s leaders.

No. 369: “A PSP Perihelion,” by Jessie Duncan and Hugh Hudson. At this very moment, the Parker Solar Probe is entering its fourth and deepest-yet perihelion passage

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 be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2020-21 (Deadline 1 March 2020)

from Natasha Jeffrey [February 20, 2020]

The RAS invites suggestions from Fellows of the RAS who wish to propose (and therefore organise) Specialist Discussion meetings for the academic year beginning October 2020. Meetings are held monthly from October to May, normally on the second Friday of the month. The April 2021 meeting will be on the third Friday, 16 April.

To help with assessment, proposals should include the following information:

Title of meeting and organiser(s), at least one of whom should be an RAS Fellow
The topics to be covered in the meeting
Rationale for the meeting, including timeliness
Suggestions for invited speakers
Preferred date for meeting, if any
Proposals should not exceed one A4 page in length

For information, detailed guidance for meeting organisers may be found at:

Proposals for Astronomy SD meetings (including Exoplanets) should be sent to Mandy Bailey ( and proposals for Geophysics SD meetings (including Solar, Solar Terrestrial and Planetary Physics) should be sent to Mark Lester ( The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1st March 2020.

Mandy Bailey and Mark Lester

ESWW17/ESWW2020 Call for Sessions Extension…

from Natasha Jeffrey [February 19, 2020]

Dear All.

This is a reminder for the call for all types of science sessions (except for the TDMs) for ESWW17/ESWW2020 in Glasgow in November of this year – we have briefly extended the deadline for submission to Sunday 23rd February 2020 with the caveat that those submission submitted ahead of the original deadline of Friday 14th February 2020 will be given preference in the cases of overlap. The full details of the calls can be found here:

Please ensure you submit your session through the website and not in any other way for it to be included in the PC discussions for inclusion in the programme.

Very many thanks,

Mario (on behalf of the PC)
PC Chair ESWW17/ESWW2020

Exploring the solar poles and heliosphere from high helio-​latitude

from Louise Harra [February 19, 2020]

There will be a meeting on the 10-11th November 2020 at PMOD/WRC in Davos, Switzerland. Please put the dates in your diary! The registration will open in April 2020, and preliminary details are here:

See you in Davos!

REMINDER: RAS Discussion meeting March 13th: The near-Sun solar wind at solar minimum

from David Burgess [February 18, 2020]

This is a reminder of the RAS Discussion meeting : The near-Sun solar wind at solar minimum

March 13th, 2020 – The RAS, Burlington House

Invited speakers: Dr Nicky Fox (Director Heliophysics Division, NASA) and Dr Chris Chen (Queen Mary University of London)

Abstracts are currently being accepted for all aspects of inner-heliosphere physics including future plans for Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe.

Submit abstracts via the meeting web site:

Organizers: Tim Horbury (Imperial College); Stuart Bale (Berkeley); David Burgess (QMUL)

The meeting description is below:


The solar wind creates and controls the heliosphere, within which all the planets move, and it drives societally important space weather effects in near-Earth space and on the planet’s surface. With the launch in August 2018 of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, a new era has opened in the exploration of the inner solar system. Probe has already travelled to within 35 solar radii of the Sun, nearly twice as close as any previous mission; by the time of this meeting the first perihelion data will have been public for several months so there will be ample opportunity to discuss the exciting first results on topics such as solar wind kinetics, fine scale structure and the links between solar dynamics and solar wind structures. In February 2020, Solar Orbiter will launch: this meeting will also be a good opportunity to discuss Orbiter science goals in light of the early Parker Solar Probe results.

Topics will include:
· Large scale solar wind structure and dynamics
· Kinetics and small scale processes
We welcome contributions regarding: data from Parker Solar Probe; results from other related missions, including Solar Orbiter; and all related simulations and modelling.

Invited speakers:
· Dr Nicky Fox, Director Heliophysics Division, NASA
· Dr Chris Chen, Queen Mary University of London

The meeting will be held at Burlington House, London.

More information at

Abstract submission is open: please register and submit via this link before the 21st of February:

SDO 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery

from W. Dean Pesnell [February 15, 2020]

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) invites you to the SDO 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery, to be held October 12-16, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC, Canada. All members of the science community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The ten years since the launch of SDO has seen many papers in wide ranges of science results from this mission. As Solar Cycle 25 begins its rise to maximum, we will get together to discuss what we learned about the Sun and anticipate what the new cycle will look like.

The invited speakers who will introduce themed sessions spanning SDO‘s wide range of research topics are:
Junwei Zhao: Subsurface Flows, the Dynamo, and the Solar Cycle
Stan Solomon: Phun with Photons: Response of atmospheres to EUV variability
Paulo Simoes: Short-term Solar Variability
Aimee Norton: Magnetic Flux in the SDO Era: From Emergence to Eruption
KD Leka: SDO for Space Weather: Science and Applications
Dan Seaton: The SDO Corona and Beyond
Patrick Antolin: Energy and Mass Transfer Between the Corona and the Chromosphere
Xudong Sun: Vector Magnetic Field: Progress and Prospects

There will also be one day of parallel mini-workshops and an EUV calibration workshop.

Registration, abstract submission, and other information about SDO 2020 will be made available at

The Hyatt Regency can be explored at

We are assessing the need for childcare suring this workshop. Please send your care requirements to William.D.Pesnell (at)

Dean Pesnell
Chair, SDO 2020 Science Organizing Committee

SOLARNET school “A holistic view of the solar atmosphere – combining space and ground-based observations”

from Tirtha Som [February 13, 2020]

Date & Venue: March 23-27, 2020 at UCL – Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Dorking, UK)

The school aims towards the introducing the approaches and analysis methods needed to successfully combine space and ground-based observations of the solar atmosphere from the photosphere to the corona, to provide a complete understanding of the underlying physical processes occurring in a range of different solar phenomena.

To apply for the SOLARNET school, please send to no later that February 25, 2020
• a one-page CV
• a brief statement of interest (max. 1/2 page) indicating your field of research and why you want to participate in the school.
More information on programme schedule, student support, etc is available at:

SOLARNET Public Engagement Training Workshop

from Richard Morton [February 12, 2020]

31st March – 1st April 2020, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

A part of SOLARNET, we are putting on a training workshop focused on public engagement. Aimed at both early career and senior researchers, the workshop will build confidence, skills and perspective for a wide range of communication activities and situations.

This workshop will introduce the range of opportunities through which public engagement can occur, and some of the key issues:

– Why do we want to ‘engage the public with science?’
– Designing for evaluation, pathways to impact, and writing engagement into research bids.
– Contexts & approaches: the range of opportunities available for science communication.
– How to talk to people. Understanding your audience, and the ‘communication’ part of ’science communication’.
– Unconscious bias: implications and mitigations.
– Empty vessels to science capital and co-creation: developments and trends within public engagement.

The workshops will be facilitated by highly experienced and award-winning public engagement professionals, who’ve worked with researchers of all levels, internationally. Their combined expertise spans primary school teaching, science broadcast, education leadership, and public engagement project management. They’ve run children’s film competitions and summer camps, built media strategies for learned institutions, and coached hundreds of academics in performance skills.

In order to support attendance of the event, we would like to provide financial help for young researchers to attend. Depending upon the number of people requesting assistance, we may not be able to cover all travel/accommodation requests, but will try to provide at least partial support. If you would like assistance in attending the event, please send an email to Richard Morton ( with estimated costs for your travel and accommodation.

European Cosmic Ray Symposium, July 13-17 2020, Nijmegen

from Silvia Dalla [February 10, 2020]

Dear colleagues,

the registration and abstract submission are now open for the 27th European Cosmic Ray Symposium, to be held from July 13th to 17th, 2020 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Please sign up for the conference on our indico system. Early bird deadline is 13 March 2020 (fee 300 EUR). Final registration deadline is 13 May 2020 (360 EUR fee).

Abstract submission deadline is 15 April 2020.

The European Cosmic Ray Symposium is covering the following topics in Astroparticle Physics:
Cosmic-Ray Physics, Gamma-Ray Astronomy, Neutrino Astronomy, Dark Matter Physics, Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Astroparticle Physics Theory and Models as well as Experimental Methods, Techniques, and Instrumentation.

We are about to compose an exciting program of invited plenary talks, solicited presentations in parallel sessions, and poster sessions. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the ISPC. Presenting authors are expected to attend the conference. A maximum of two contributions is allowed for each presenting author, among them one oral presentation at maximum. There will be a poster award for the best posters.

The conference starts on July 13th at 9:00 with the registration, followed by the opening ceremony. On Monday evening we will have a welcome reception at nearby historical site Fort Lent with a beautiful view on the skyline of Nijmegen. On Thursday afternoon we will explore the city of Nijmegen (with its Roman roots and 2000 years of history) in a guided tour. In the evening we will experience a typical Dutch tradition, eating pan cakes during a cruise on the river Waal, which will expose us to exciting views of Nijmegen and its surroundings. The conference will conclude on Friday afternoon with the Poster Awards and the closing ceremony. Participants are expected to depart after 16:00 on Friday afternoon.

We are looking forward to your participation at the 27th ECRS and warmly invite you to register for the symposium and submit your abstracts for the parallel and poster sessions a.s.a.p.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Nijmegen in July
Jörg R. Hörandel on behalf of

The International Advisory Committee
The International Scientific Program Committee
The local organizers

ESWW17/ESWW2020 Call for Sessions Reminder

from Natasha Jeffrey [February 7, 2020]

Dear All.

This is a reminder for the call for all types of science sessions (except for the TDMs) for ESWW17/ESWW2020 in Glasgow in November of this year with a submission deadline of Friday 14th February 2020; full details can be found here:

Please ensure you submit your session through the website and not in any other way for it to be included in the PC discussions for inclusion in the programme.

Very many thanks,

Mario (on behalf of the PC)
PC Chair ESWW17/ESWW2020

SOLARNET school “A holistic view of the solar atmosphere – combining space and ground-based observations”

from Tirtha Som [January 29, 2020]

Date & Venue: March 23-27, 2020 at UCL – Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Dorking, UK)

The school “A holistic view of the solar atmosphere – combining space and ground-based observations” has for a goal to provide an introduction to the approaches and analysis methods needed to successfully combine space and ground-based observations of the solar atmosphere from the photosphere to the corona, in order to a complete view of the underlying physical processes at work in a range of different solar phenomena.

To apply for the SOLARNET school, please send to no later that February 25, 2020
• a one-page CV
• a brief statement of interest (max. 1/2 page) indicating your field of research and why you want to participate in the school.

More information on programme schedule, student support, etc is available at:



Research Fellow in Solar Physics – Queen’s University Belfast

from Francis Keenan [February 19, 2020]

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in Solar Physics, available for up to 3 years in the first instance. The post, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is located in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) of the School of Mathematics and Physics.

The successful candidate will work on the development, testing and validation of computer algorithms for the analysis of faint, high-frequency signals from total solar eclipse and other solar observations, and the application of these algorithms to solar datasets from a range of facilities. Datasets will include observations for the August 2017 total solar eclipse in the USA, plus those from a planned total eclipse campaign in South America in December 2020, as well as other high-frequency data from the Dunn Solar Telescope, Swedish Solar Telescope and Daniel K Inouye Telescope (DKIST), which obtained first-light in late 2019. The successful candidate will also attend the eclipse campaign in December 2020. He/she will be responsible for contributing to project deliverables in a timely fashion.

The Solar Physics Group is a vibrant, highly productive research team within ARC, currently comprising 5 academic staff, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 6 PhD students. Group members make extensive use of a wide range of solar satellites and ground-based telescopes, along with image reconstruction techniques for the analysis of ground-based solar observations.

Applicants must have a PhD in Solar Physics completed by the time of taking up the post. Experience is essential in the reduction and analysis of observations of the solar atmosphere obtained using ground- and/or satellite-based instrumentation.

An application pack for the post, containing further details and guidelines on how to submit your application online, is available at:

under post reference 20/108134.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr David Jess (email:

Salary: £33,797 – £39,152 per annum.

Closing date: 4.00 pm, 16th March 2020

STFC-funded PhD positions at Aberystwyth University – closing date April 1st 2020

from Huw Morgan [February 19, 2020]

The Solar System Physics research group within the Physics Department of Aberystwyth University seeks high-quality candidates for STFC-funded PhD projects in the field of Solar System Physics. The group has particular strengths in solar and solar atmospheric physics – modelling and observations. Our recent work concentrates on the development of novel data analysis techniques for solar atmospheric images, sources of space weather, advanced numerical modelling of coronal structures, and ground-based spectro-polarimetry of the low corona.

Applications are due by April 1st, 2020 for a September start. Successful candidates are encouraged to attend the appropriate STFC Summer School in August. Applications should follow the PhD application instructions at

For initial enquiries, and a discussion of possible projects, please contact Dr. Huw Morgan, by email:

Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Physics – University of Colorado / National Solar Observatory (Boulder, USA)

from Maria Kazachenko [February 19, 2020]

JOB DESCRIPTION: We invite applications for a two-year NSF/NASA-funded postdoctoral position starting June 1, 2020 or later. Review of applications will begin on April 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

The goal is to improve our understanding of solar active region magnetic structure and energy budget before and during solar eruptions. To address this goal the candidate will assist with the development and performance of data-driven numerical simulations of the solar eruptions and will validate these with high quality observations taken with space and ground-based observatories, including the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world. This post is a unique opportunity that will bridge expertise of groups with internationally leading competence in areas of data-driven simulations and space and ground-based observations at the National Solar Observatory (headquarters of DKIST), High Altitude Observatory (HAO) and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The candidate will participate in collaborative and independent solar physics research, present results at scientific meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A key component of this post will be participation in the NSO Community Science Program activities, that includes development and application of DKIST data reduction tools and production of level-2 science data from limited sets of DKIST observations.

REQUIREMENTS: PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field (by the start date). One to three (1-3) years of research experience in solar physics or space plasmas, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals. Scientific background in solar physics. Full proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data and/or perform numerical simulations, conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues, communicate scientific ideas effectively in person and on paper.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2020 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled.
START DATE: June 1, 2020 or later.
INQUIRIES: Dr. Maria Kazachenko,

PhD Studentships at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston

from Silvia Dalla [February 14, 2020]

Applications are invited for several full time PhD (via MPhil) studentships in a number of subjects, including Solar Physics, in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI), University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Each studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress).

The projects will be in one of the JHI research areas, depending on the preference of the students ranked highest on the list of applicants. The projects within the Solar Physics group ( are:

– Investigating the rotation of sunspots with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (supervisor: Dr. Daniel Brown)

– Solar Energetic Particles and Space Weather (Prof. Silvia Dalla)

– Determining the fine scale structure of the solar corona (Prof. Robert Walsh)

For a description of the projects and full list of all projects available in the JHI see:

The above projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI solar physics staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss the possibility of related research in solar physics, then please contact the project supervisors directly (

For informal discussion, please email Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson ( or Dr. Mark Norris (

Elegibility criteria vary depending on the type of studentship: please refer to the webpage below regarding eligibility for UK/EU/International applicants.

For further information and how to apply, see:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions via email at quoting the studentship reference number: RS/19/23.

** If you are interested in a specific project/s, please state clearly the project title/s on your application form.

Closing date: 28 February 2020

Interview date: 13 March 2020

PhD Studentships in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory at the University of St Andrews

from Thomas Neukirch [January 30, 2020]

PhD Studentships in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory at the University of St Andrews

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group (SMTG) in the School and Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, is currently looking for applicants for a minimum of 3 PhD studentships, subject to the usual UK Research Council eligibility criteria on citizenship and residency.

These studentships are nominally for a start in September/October 2020, but we also encourage applications from candidates who have already completed an undergraduate degree and would be able to start at the end of May 2020.

The available research projects include, but are not limited to:

– Theory and Simulations of Space Weather in the Earth’s Magnetosphere


– Simulating the Sun: Can We Predict Solar Storms ?


– Coronal Heating by MHD Waves


– Magnetic Flux Emergence on the Sun


– Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares.


The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group has 7 academic staff, 6 PDRAs and currently 7 PhD students. It is one of three research groups in the Applied Mathematics Division of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews. For further information on the SMTG, see

The minimum academic entry requirement is a UK upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics or a closely related subject. Apart from excellent academic qualifications, we expect applicants to have the motivation and enthusiasm to enable them to successfully work on an extended research project in solar and magnetospheric theory.

While there is no formal application deadline, we would encourage all candidates to submit their application as soon as possible (in particular if an applicant would like to be considered for an end of May 2020 start date).

For details about the application process see: and for informal enquiries email either Prof Thomas Neukirch ( or Prof Alan Hood (

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Abertay University

from Karen Meyer [January 28, 2020]

Full-Time or Part-Time, Permanent Position

The job role involves lecturing applied mathematics as appropriate to computer games technology students. Abertay are happy to support qualified applied mathematicians with research track records from solar physics and astrophysics. Previous applied mathematicians at Abertay have worked in solar physics, plasma physics and astrophysics.

Link to the advert:

Deadline: March 4th, 2020
Please contact Dr Craig Stark ( for any enquiries about the position.

Baxter Fellow in Applied Mathematics at the University of Dundee

from Karen Meyer [January 27, 2020]

These are full-time and permanent (tenured) posts, available from February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Baxter Fellowships are a University-wide initiative incorporating a mentoring programme as well as individual support and mentorship provided at School level. Baxter Fellows will have a limited teaching load for the first two years to enable a focus on research; in years 3-5, they will continue to be research focussed but will undertake appropriate teaching responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will complement our existing expertise in Magnetohydrodynamics & Astrophysics, Mathematical & Computational Biology, or Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing, and have an ambitious research programme with impactful applications. Applicants with a strong background in one or more of the following areas are particularly sought after: Optimisation, Stochastic Processes or Statistics.

Link to the advert:

Deadline: February 10th, 2020

For enquiries about the position: Prof Gunnar Hornig (