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Stephen Hawking Fellowship Opportunity **NOW OPEN**

Dear All,

Please see the below UKRI Funding Finder opportunity for the Stephen Hawking Fellowship:
Stephen Hawking Postdoctoral Fellowship – UKRI

The opportunity is now open for applications and is an open ended scheme run jointly through EPSRC and STFC.

Please contact us if you have any further questions regarding the Fellowship and we will be happy to help.

Kind regards

Jemma Wilson… continue to the full article

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JOB OPENING: Two positions (postdoc and a PhD student) in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European group specialising both in computational modelling and in spacecraft observations. We have developed the global magnetospheric beyond-MHD simulation Vlasiator.

We have recently completed the first 6-dimensional runs of the entire magnetosphere-ionosphere system, offering high-resolution results both from the 3D real space as well as from the 3D velocity space. Our first runs show how the ion-kinetic physics at small scales lead to global reconfigurations, and vice versa. We can also study how changes in the ionosphere influence ion-kinetic physics within the magnetosphere.

We are excited to open two positions, as follows:

(1) A postdoctoral fellow position for a 2-year project, with a possibility of extension pending funding situation and performance. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on the 3D reconnection process within the simulation, looking both at the dayside and tail reconnection which occur simultaneously in the same simulation box.

(2) A PhD student will study the same processes as the postdoctoral fellow. This position is for four years, which is the nominal length of a Finnish PhD thesis project. The PhD student will write original papers that will comprise the thesis.

Prior knowledge and useful skills: Physics of magnetic reconnection, model development and/or data analysis, Python.

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 welcoming community. Finland is the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the world’s best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-family balance.

The positions are available immediately. We start reviewing the applications on 14 November, but the positions will remain open until filled. Interviews are held in Nov-Dec.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Minna Palmroth ( Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to by 11 Nov 2022, and cc… continue to the full article

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PhD Positions 2023 in Göttingen

The Max Plank Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany invites applications for PhD positions in Solar System Science for a start in 2023, to work on projects in solar physics with Sami Solanki or Laurent Gizon:

More details can be found under:

Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2022, and two letters of recommendation are due no later than 10 November 2022.… 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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Fully-funded PhD opportunities at Northumbria and Newcastle Universities (deadline Monday 25th April 2022)

Northumbria University and Newcastle University have been successful with a new STFC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science:


We have up to 7 fully funded PhD studentships available for entry in October 2022. These studentships are for 4 years and include full UK fees, a living allowance of £16,062 for 2022/23 full time study, and additional funding to cover research costs and national/international travel such as conferences. Students will undertake a PhD in STFC science (including across solar physics, space physics, astrophysics, cosmology; see project descriptions below), will do formal training in Data Intensive Science and will spend six months in an industrial placement.

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th April 2022.

NUdata offers a cohort-based training partnership between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities and is funded by STFC. Students will undertake an original PhD research project within the STFC remit but will also be trained in data science techniques and will choose from 40+ partners in industry, charity or government for their placement. NUdata’s vision is to create STFC scientists with the data science skills necessary to address the data challenges presented by both STFC science and broader society. Find out more at

The Centre covers a wide range of STFC science and a list of 18 available projects offered for October 2022 start can be found here and below:

Solar Physics
• Bayes in space: adding uncertainty to deep learning in solar physics

• Characterising the heating and cooling imprints of the solar corona

• Hierarchical transfer learning using numerical simulations to model coronal loop instabilities

• The Physics of Solar Prominences: an AI/ML approach

• Understanding the energy budgets for solar flares and their use in forecasting via machine-learning

Space Physics / Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

• Investigating Earth’s Magnetospheric Structures through Machine Learning

• Large-scale ionospheric currents with SuperMAG

• Determining the role of pressure gradients and localised physics in the detonation of the magnetospheric substorm

• Classification and understanding of wave spectra in Earth’s outer radiation belt

• Machine learning for detection of wave-particle interactions in real-time in the solar wind

• Double-diffusive convection in Saturn

• Polar vortices in Jupiter’s atmosphere

• Answering Big Questions in Cosmology with big data from Galaxy Surveys

• Cosmic Shear Cosmology

• Discovering new black holes in optical surveys

• Dynamical Processes in Stellar Interiors

• Interstellar and Intergalactic random magnetic fields

• The cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes: advanced panchromatic Bayesian modelling applied to JWST surveys

For informal enquiries, email Professor James McLaughlin (Northumbria: or Professor Tamara Rogers (Newcastle:, or contact the project supervisors.… continue to the full article

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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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STFC-funded PhD position at the University of Sheffield—closing date 01 April 2022

The School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) at the University of Sheffield offers one fully funded STFC PhD studentship in solar physics tenable from 1st October 2022 or 1st January 2023. The successful applicant will work with world leading experts in advanced analytical/numerical modelling, and analysis of high-resolution observations obtained by cutting-edge ground and space based instruments.

More information on the groups with interest in solar physics and the research carried out can be found at or

The studentship provides UKRI tuition and maintenance fees for up to 3.5 years (subject to satisfactory progress).

Successful applicant will be able to work in one of the following topics:

– General MHD wave theory with solar and astrophysical applications
– Numerical modelling (HPC and GPU computing) of wave processes in the solar atmosphere
– MHD wave observations and solar magneto-seismology
– Heating of the solar atmosphere: waves, reconnection, etc.
– Novel joint ground-based and satellite observations of the Sun and Sun-Earth system
– Analysis of ionospheric perturbations: application to climate prediction and natural hazard risk assessment
– Energy transfer mechanisms in the Sun-Earth system
– Deep Learning / Machine Learning in application to solar data analysis

Applications are invited from Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering students who have graduated or expect to graduate with a first or upper-second class degree.

This studentship is for UK applicants only. More about the eligibility can be found at

The deadline for application is 1st of April 2022, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

How to apply:
Please send a covering letter outlining the proposed project area (if you have a specific interest), CV, exam result transcripts, any relevant publications and the names and contact details of two references to one of the contact addresses below or to:

For more information, contact:

Dr Istvan Ballai (
Dr Rekha Jain (
Dr Gary Verth (
Prof Robert von Fay-Siebenburgen (… continue to the full article

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2022-23 ING Studentship Programme

We welcome applications for five places on the ING studentship programme 2022/23.

The deadline for applications is

Friday 25th March 2022, 24:00 WET

Details of the programme can be found on:

The programme provides a unique opportunity for up to five PhD, MSc
or undergraduate astronomy students to get hands-on experience of work
at an international observatory. Successful applicants will spend one
year on La Palma, supporting imaging and spectroscopy runs at the
2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) and working on projects supervised
by the ING staff. The studentship programme is open to anyone, but
we particularly welcome applicants from our three partner countries:
the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

We would be grateful if you would draw the attention of suitable
candidates to this opportunity.

Marc Balcells
Director ING… continue to the full article

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PhD Studentships at University of Central Lancashire

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

The studentships are tenable for 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK rates together with a maintenance grant (£15,609 per year 2021/22 rates) for eligible applicants.

The studentships are funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)/University of Central Lancashire/Moses Holden Foundation. The studentships are open to international applicants, however international applicants will be required to pay the difference between the UK and international tuition fee rate.

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 with Dr Daniel Brown, Prof. Silvia Dalla and Prof. Robert Walsh.

For a description of the projects and additional information see:

The listed projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI 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 (

For further information and how to apply, see:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at quoting the studentship reference number: RS/22/06.

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

Closing date: 28th February 2022

Proposed interview date: 9th March 2022… continue to the full article

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