Fully-funded PhD studentships in Solar Physics at University of Warwick

December 1, 2017, from Anne-Marie Broomhall

Fully-funded PhD studentships in Solar Physics at University of Warwick

The Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA) at University of Warwick are advertising fully-funded PhD studentships, each for 3.5yr, starting in October 2018. The students will have a degree in Physics, Mathematics or similar. Although there is no deadline for applications interviews will take place in Feb/March.

Research at the CFSA focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of magnetic and inertial fusion power, space physics, solar physics, and astrophysics. Our work spans fundamental theory, observation, and the analysis of experimental data, combined with high performance computing. The specific projects currently advertised here pertain to solar physics. The CFSA considers all aspects of solar physics form the solar interior, out through the solar atmosphere and beyond, in the form of space weather. This year we are offering a number of projects on a variety of topics.

One of the projects will use helioseismology and asteroseismology to study solar and stellar interiors, with a specific interest in aspects relating to magnetic activity and is entitled ‘Seismic measures of magnetic activity in the Sun and other stars’. This project will be supervised by Dr Anne-Marie Broomhall (a-m.broomhall@warwick.ac.uk for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

The second project is entitled ‘The Physics of Wave Dynamics in the Solar Atmosphere’ and will examine the role of waves at the physical interface between hot (coronal) and cool (chromospheric) plasmas. This project will be supervised by Dr Erwin Verwichte and Prof. Tony Arber (erwin.verwichte@warwick.ac.uk for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

Another project concerns space weather and is entitled ‘Data analytics approach to space weather’ and will develop new methodology to characterize the dynamically evolving full spatial pattern of space weather in terms of dynamic networks, and correlated extreme events. This project will be supervised by Prof. Sandra Chapman (S.C.Chapman@warwick.ac.uk for informal enquiries, funded by WCPRS and AFOSR). Please note that interviews for this project will take place in the week of 5th-9th March.

Subject to funding an additional PhD studentship project may become available entitled ‘Terrestrial foreshock physics’. This project will combine observations from Cluster spacecraft and numerical simulations to test the hypothesis that the nonlinear coupling between the reflected ion population and the bulk plasma leads to a secondary instability of the fire hose or proton cyclotron type, explaining the results of a recent Warwick study. This project will be supervised by Dr Bogdan Hnat (b.hnat@warwick.ac.uk for informal enquiries, funded by STFC).

More details concerning all projects, along with details of how to apply, can be found at https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/prospective/postgraduate/pgintro/

For further details on the CFSA please go to https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/cfsa