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Postdoctoral Research Associate position: Computational Astrophysics for the Sun, University of Newcastle, Australia

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position working in computational astrophysics – with applications to the Sun and Solar Wind – at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The successful candidate will work with A/Prof David Pontin, and join a newly-established and growing group in Solar/Space Physics.

As the ideal candidate, you are already working in solar physics or have a background in space or astrophysics. Either a finishing PhD student or candidate with previous postdoc experience in solar physics, astrophysics, (space) plasma physics, applied mathematics or similar subject, you will show:
– Demonstrated experience in high-performance computing, and theoretical skills.
– An interest in understanding the solar corona and the fundamental physical processes that occur there.
– Proven ability to work proactively and independently to achieve research outcomes.
– Confident communication skills and enjoy interacting as part of a team or workgroup.

For the full advert and a link to the position description and application procedure, see

The position is available until the end of 2024, with possibility of extension, and the closing date is the 1st of June (Australian time zone). Enquiries should be directed to David Pontin (… continue to the full article

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PhD Studentship in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, University of Exeter (application deadline May 19th)

The Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics research group in the Mathematics Department at the University of Exeter is offering a PhD studentship, for entry in September/October 2022. The project is on modelling shear flow instabilities in magnetohydrodynamics. It is funded by the STFC for 3.5 years.

Further details may be found here:

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Joanne Mason ( to the full article

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Funded PhDs in Solar System Physics at Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University’s Physics Department is seeking high-quality candidates for 3-yr STFC-funded PhD projects in the field of Solar System Physics. The group has particular strengths in modelling and observational analysis of the solar atmosphere/solar wind, space weather forecasting, and instrument development for space missions. Our recent work concentrates on the development of novel data analysis techniques for solar atmospheric images, ground-based spectropolarimetric analysis of the quiescent and flaring corona, space weather studies and forecasting, advanced numerical modelling of coronal structures, calculations of molecular emission in solar/exoplanet contexts, and lunar surface impactors. We develop new instrumentation for solar and planetary applications, and particularly welcome applications in this field for the 2022 round.

Applications are due by June 8th 2022 for a September 2022 start. Due to limitations set by the funders, only applicants with UK residency can be considered for this year’s positions, although we will welcome early overseas applicants for the following academic year (September 2023 start).

Applicants should follow the instructions at Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Prof Huw Morgan, by email: to the full article

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Four Research Fellow Positions in Solar and Heliospheric Physics at UCL/MSSL (Deadline 30 April 2022)

Closing Date 30 April 2022

We seek to appoint up to 4 productive Research Fellows to undertake research in the areas of solar, heliospheric and space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies which are relevant to our involvement with the ESA Solar Orbiter mission. UCL/MSSL is the Principal Investigator institute for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) suite of instruments for this mission, is co-PI institute on the Extreme Ultra-violet Imager and members of the laboratory also hold co-I status on a number of other instruments. The appointees will be expected to use relevant Solar Orbiter data, as well as current or previous missions and ground-based observatories including the LOFAR radio array, to perform cutting edge investigations related to our scientific interests. In particular the posts are:

Research Fellow in Solar Wind Origins
(PI Fazakerley 3 year post – UCL Ref:1883293)
Research Fellow in Solar Energetic Electron Physics
(PI Reid 3 year post – UCL Ref: 1883129)
Research Fellow in Solar Wind Plasma Physics
(PI Owen 3 year post – UCL Ref: 1883125)
Research Fellow in Solar and/or Heliospheric Physics
(PI Owen available until 31 March 2023 – UCL Ref: 1883114).

The appointees will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider laboratory and group scientific activities, including more general preparations for future research missions. The posts are available immediately. As indicated above, 3 of the posts are funded through to the end of March 2025, and have a possible extension thereafter subject to obtaining funding through renewal of the post under the MSSL Solar System Research Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or through additional national or international funding sources. The 4th post is available until 31 March 2023. Additional national or international funding would be needed to continue beyond this period.

MSSL is the UK’s largest university based space science research institution and is involved in many leading space research missions (

The Department is family friendly and applications would be welcome from applicants seeking part-time opportunities. The Department has been awarded the Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner. The aim of Project Juno is to recognise and reward physics departments, schools, institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Christopher J. Owen (, Dr. Hamish Reid ( and/or Prof. Andrew Fazakerley (

Further details can be found at Search for jobs | Work at UCL – UCL – University College London and searching for the above job reference numbers.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) Astronomy & Astrophysics Section working with the Solar Physics and Space Weather Group. The successful applicant will be involved in an ESA Phase 0 study of SURROUND, a proposed constellation of cubesats monitoring solar radio bursts. The successful applicant will also be involved in development of software and training of researchers for LOFAR operations and data analysis as part of the EU Horizon 2020 STELLAR project.

This position is available for 1 year starting as soon as possible. Deadline for applications is 22 April 2022 – please find more information about the position at

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Space Physics at Imperial College London (four posts)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Space Physics at Imperial College London (four posts)
Full-time fixed-term contract (2 years with the possibility of extension)
Closing date: 25-April-2022

For full details and to apply, visit

The Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London is recruiting four postdoctoral positions in the following areas:

• Magnetic reconnection, working with Dr Jonathan Eastwood (
• The near-Sun solar wind, working with Prof. Tim Horbury (
• Ganymede’s ionosphere, working with Prof. Marina Galand (
• Dynamics of Saturn’s atmosphere, working with Dr Ingo Müller-Wodarg (

Please visit the website to review full details about the posts which can be found in the job description and person specification here:

For further questions or queries about each role, please contact the relevant PI of the position you are interested in and for more information about space physics research at Imperial, please visit

Imperial College London is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.… continue to the full article

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One Lecturer and one Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader Position in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews


The University of St Andrews is seeking to enhance its teaching and research strengths in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory by appointing to two new positions; one at Lecturer level, and another at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader level within our Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group (SMTG) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The successful candidates will be scholars with a growing international research reputation and commitment to delivering high quality teaching.

We welcome applications from candidates who hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics or a cognate discipline, and have a track record of high quality research and publications in Solar or Magnetospheric Theory, or a related area compatible with the group’s research interests. For applicants to be considered for a Senior Lecturer or Reader level appointment, we would expect in addition that they can demonstrate a suitable combination of success in attracting external funding, research leadership at national and international level, and experience with successfully carrying out administrative duties. Although all areas of Solar and Magnetospheric Theory will be considered, we are particularly interested in applications that would enhance or complement the research group’s current areas of expertise. Candidates should also have teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level, have experience applying relevant analytical skills and teaching techniques to a wide range of learners, and have good communication skills and share our desire to educate and inform students. Experience in curriculum development in Applied Mathematics or in similar disciplines will be an advantage, as will demonstrable ability to work in a team.

The SMTG conducts cutting-edge research on a wide variety of solar and magnetospheric phenomena, ranging from magnetic flux emergence through the solar surface, over the dynamic interaction between the coronal plasma and magnetic field leading to coronal heating and solar activity processes, to the effect these activity processes have on the magnetosphere of the Earth (“space weather”). Many of our theoretical models of solar and magnetospheric plasma systems are data-driven, but we are also interested in fundamental plasma processes underpinning these models, for example MHD and kinetic plasma equilibria, MHD waves and instabilities, magnetic reconnection, magnetic topology and helicity, and particle acceleration. Due to the highly nonlinear nature of the mathematical problems we study, a large part of our research work is based on computational methods, and we are particularly interested in applications that would complement and enhance our expertise in numerical and computational methods relevant for the research area of our group.

These research and teaching positions will contribute to the delivery of teaching modules in Applied Mathematics that may be at a range of levels from first year undergraduate to specialised Honours level modules in Applied Mathematics. They will also supervise final-year undergraduate projects, and will have the opportunity to supervise PhD students.

*Appointment at Grade 8 Senior Lecturer/Reader level (salary range: £53,348-£60,022) will be considered for candidates with more experience/knowledge of the area, with the job description to be amended accordingly.

For informal enquiries, we encourage those considering applying to contact the Head of School, Professor Mark Chaplain (; Head of the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group, Professor Thomas Neukirch (; or the AVP Dean of Science and Professor in Applied Mathematics, Professor Ineke De Moortel (

We are fully committed to equality and diversity in our recruitment and employment policies. We operate family-friendly hours for core meetings and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements for staff.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are underrepresented in Academic posts at the University.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online:

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that supports equality of opportunity and fair and equal representation for all

Closing Date: 27 April 2022 Interview Date: 2 June 2022

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School of Mathematics & Statistics

Salary: £42,149 – £51,799 per annum*

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PDRA position at Aberystwyth University (STFC-funded project in Solar Physics)

Grade 7, 3-yr fixed term

Closing date 13/04/2022
This post requires a highly motivated person to undertake research tasks on an STFC-funded post in solar atmospheric physics. The PDRA will be a member of the Solar System Physics research group within the Physics Department at Aberystwyth, under the direct supervision of Dr. David Kuridze. The project involves study of the fine-structure magnetism of the solar chromosphere and corona using high resolution spectro-polarimetric observations and advanced modelling techniques. The post holder will provide the analysis and interpretation of ground and space-based solar observations including inversions of spectro-polarimetric profiles to gain insight into the physical conditions of the solar atmosphere. Applicants must have a PhD (or pending) in Solar Physics or related subjects, including a suitable knowledge of solar/stellar spectroscopy, and radiative transfer techniques. Experience of the IDL and/or Python programming languages will be needed for this post.
To make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr. David Kuridze (


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2 PhD Studentships in Solar and Magnetospheric Theory at the University of St Andrews (Deadline 15 April 2022)

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group (SMTG) in the School and Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, is currently looking for applicants for 2 PhD studentships, subject to the usual eligibility criteria regarding residency and citizenship, for a start in September/October 2022.

One project will be supervised by Prof Ineke De Moortel ( will focus on coronal heating models for open field regions, linking to Solar Orbiter observations, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project will run in collaboration with the University of Palermo.

The second project will be supervised by Prof Thomas Neukirch ( and it is planned that this project will focus on the equilibrium and dynamics of collisionless current sheets (other topics, for example on the numerical calculation of magnetohydrostatic equilibria to model coronal magnetic fields, could also be possible). This project will be funded by STFC.

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.

The SMTG currently has 7 academic staff, 3 PDRAs and 9 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.

We will start the selection process very soon after 15 April 2022 and hence would encourage all candidates to submit their application by the deadline.

For details about the application process see: and for informal enquiries email either Prof Ineke De Moortel ( or Prof Thomas Neukirch (… continue to the full article

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