Postdoctoral and PhD positions available at AIP (LOFAR & PSP)

December 2, 2019, from Natasha Jeffrey

We are pleased to advertise two upcoming positions in the framework of LOFAR at Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP): one postdoc and one PhD position, each for three years, and both could start as early as 2020 February.

Deadline: 6 January 2020.

Both positions are in the Solar Physics department within the project “LOFAR observations of the solar corona during Parker Solar Probe perihelion passages”.

The LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Key Science Project (KSP) “Solar Physics and Space Weather” has performed observing campaigns during the first three Parker Solar Probe (PSP) perihelia, and plans further ones in over the next years. These campaigns consist of multiple observing modes that provide imaging data and dynamic radio spectra, as well as interplanetary scintillation observations probing the heliosphere.

Full information can be found in the links below.

Post-doctoral position:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on these campaign data. The successful candidate’s tasks consist of the analysis of interferometric imaging data of the active and quiet solar corona, including the further development of solar imaging techniques in collaboration with the Solar KSP. Furthermore, they cover solar radio burst identification and analysis in solar dynamic radio spectra and images, in combination with PSP radio and in-situ energetic electron data, and modeling of the underlying physical processes. The researcher will also be involved in the planning of future PSP perihelia observing campaigns and the preparation of LOFAR observing campaigns during perihelion passes of the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission

PhD position

The focus of the PhD is on the physical interpretation of these data. This includes the identification, characterisation, and plasma physical modeling of solar radio bursts, e.g. type III caused by energetic electron beams. It covers all aspects of non-thermal electron and radio wave generation and propagation through the solar corona and in interplanetary space, and the joint analysis of LOFAR data with space-borne instruments like PSP, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and the future Solar Orbiter.