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“Solar and Space Physics” research group at Northumbria University is inviting applications for multiple fully-funded PhD studentships for a September/October 2024 start

The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University is inviting applications for multiple fully-funded PhD studentships for a September/October 2024 start. The closing date for applications is Sunday 2nd June 2024.

We offer:

  • 3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (funded via the Leverhulme Trust)
  • 4-year, fully-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science PhD studentship (funded via STFC)
  • 4-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (funded via Royal Society, note: this opportunity has a later deadline of Thursday 20th June 2024),

Details of these PhD opportunities can be found on to the Group’s research webpage.

The webpage has all the info but, in summary, we are advertising:

3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (deadline = 2nd June 2024, Home student only):

  • A Bayesian inference approach to solving Poisson equation for 3D vector fields

4-year, fully-funded STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science PhD studentship (deadline = 2nd June 2024, Home student only):

  • AI for smart spacecraft control
  • Construction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models of processes that govern space weather in Earth’s radiation belts to describe extreme events
  • Future Proof Space Traffic Management Data Systems
  • In the presence of uncertainty: Exploring the use of Gaussian Processes to examine the Sun’s corona
  • Mapping the global structure of nonlinear dynamics in Earth’s magnetosphere using machine learning
  • Predicting the source regions of solar energetic particles using machine learning techniques
  • Reconstructing and analysing space plasma data using machine learning
  • Using AI to find the giant magnetospheric waves driving near-Earth space weather
  • Using AI to predict coronal-loop kink instabilities by designing physics-informed neural networks
  • What lies beneath the surface of Mars? Advanced Numerical Modelling and Data Intensive Processing for Large and Complex Ground Penetrating Radar Data

4-year, fully-funded PhD studentship (deadline = 20th June 2024, Home or International student):

  • Unveiling the turbulent dynamics of the near-Earth and near-Sun solar wind with numerical modelling and spacecraft observations

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PhD Scholarship – Radio propagation effects – Bath

Dear All,

A PhD Scholarship is available at the University of Bath to study radio propagation effects.

The preferred start date is Monday 30 September 2024. There is flexibility for a later start date (with the latest possible start date being 01 April 2025).

More details can be found at:

Many thanks and Best wishes,
Biagio… continue to the full article

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One PhD studentship in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics at FCS, Coventry University

Our research centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University is pleased to announce a four year PhD studentship in Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics funded by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Applications are invited from ambitious and self-motivated candidates to work on a broad range of exciting topics in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics, including: solar rotation, convection and evolution, solar flares/sunspots, accretion disks, planetary dynamics, magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, the generation of magnetic fields (dynamos), reconnection and Alfven waves.

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Tuition fees, stipend and additional allowances
Duration: Full-Time – four years
Application deadline: 20 May 2024
Start date: September 2024
Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

For more details, please refer to to the full article

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PhD Studentship at UCLan on Forecasting Solar Energetic Particle Risk for Space Weather

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI), within the School of Engineering and Computing at the University of Central Lancashire, on Forecasting Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) risk for Space Weather. The successful candidate will work on a physics-based SEP forecasting tool, and analyse SEP events to investigate the significance of different physical processes on the accuracy of the SEP forecasts. The work is performed in collaboration with JHI and Met Office personnel.

The studentship is funded through the UCLan Doctoral Training Centre for Industry Collaboration and is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress]. Both Home and EU/International Applicants may apply but EU/International Applicants will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees between the UK and EU/International fee rates. The studentship will provide successful applicants with an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates (Currently £18,622 per year), subject to satisfactory progress.

It is expected the successful applicant will commence in September 2024.

Applications are due on 11th March 2024. To apply, see instructions at

Please quote the studentship Reference Number DTC12-22-34

For further information, see

Informal project-related enquiries about the post can be made to Timo Laitinen (… continue to the full article

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Two Funded PhD Opportunities – 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 looking for applicants for two funded PhD projects for a start in September/October 2024.

One project will be supervised by Dr Alexander Russell (, funded by the School and Mathematics and Statistics, on the subject of either Turbulent magnetic reconnection or Waves and instabilities in weakly-collisional plasmas.

The other project will be supervised by Dr Tom Elsden (, funded by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), in the area of Modelling ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves in Earth’s magnetosphere.

Information about the PhD programme and application process, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found at . The selection process will start on 1 March 2024 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Please find further details on the University of St Andrews and the specific research projects below:

Supervised by Dr Alexander Russell:

  • A: Turbulent magnetic reconnection: Magnetic reconnection is responsible for many of the Sun’s most spectacular events including solar flares that affect technology at Earth. Understanding how magnetic reconnection works in the Sun, and especially the role of turbulence, is an important scientific goal that is currently making new progress thanks to insights from the latest-generation computer simulations. Your research in this area could include exploring how the reconnection process depends on global properties of the system or using mathematical tools to investigate the topology of magnetic fields inside the reconnection layer.
  • B: Waves and instabilities in weakly-collisional plasmas: The Sun’s corona (its outer atmosphere) has a temperature above one million Celsius, which is more than 100 times hotter than its visible surface. Maintaining this extremely high temperature requires heating, at least some of which is believed to be caused by waves and turbulence. Most mathematical knowledge about coronal heating by waves is based on a mathematical description called MHD, which unfortunately becomes invalid where key processes occur. The goal for this project is to investigate how coronal heating by waves extends to more suitable models that allow for pressure anisotropy.

Supervised by Dr Tom Elsden:

  • Modelling ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves in Earth’s magnetosphere: ULF waves are large scale and low frequency oscillations of Earth’s magnetic field which transport energy and momentum throughout the magnetosphere. They also play an important role in the acceleration of particles trapped in Earth’s magnetic field to high energies, which create a dangerous environment for satellites and astronauts. This project will involve magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) computational modelling of these waves, as well as considering how they may contribute to particle acceleration. The emphasis of the project is computational/numerical and we expect the successful candidate to have coding experience or aptitude for numerical work.

The minimum academic entry requirement is a UK upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics, 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 8 academic staff, 5 PDRAs and 10 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. Both the SMTG and the Applied Mathematics Division run research seminar programmes during semester to help students develop a broad knowledge of their subject.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews values diversity and nurtures an inclusive community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of individual characteristics such as age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity. It is firmly committed to the progression of women, and other historically under-represented groups, in mathematics and holds a Bronze Award of the Athena SWAN programme for women in science. A growing proportion of our Ph.D. students are women, currently approximately 40%. The school supports the principles of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme.… continue to the full article

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STFC Small Awards Guidance to Applicants 2024

Dear Colleagues

Please be advised the STFC Astronomy Small Awards 2024 opportunities are now live on the UKRI funding finder website:

Solar and planetary 2024 –

Astronomy observation and theory 2024 –

We are running this opportunity through the new UKRI Funding Service, you will not be able to apply via Je-S. Applicants are advised that there is no functionality to return for amendment on the new service and therefore applications that do not follow the guidance will be rejected on receipt.

Please be advised we are still in the process of publishing the PDF guidance documents on the web. You will soon be able to access the updated guidelines here (by 20th December): Astronomy Grants Panel guidance for applicants – UKRI

Kind regards
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The Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics at University of Warwick welcomes PhD applications for an October 2024 start.

Informal enquires to the PhD supervisors are welcome.

The following projects are on offer:

Seismic studies of solar and stellar magnetic activity
Supervisor: Anne-Marie Broomhall (
Start Date: October 2024 (Fully funded for 42 months: STFC)

Modelling energy transport in the Solar corona
Supervisor: Tony Arber
Start Date: October 2024 (Fully funded for 42 months: STFC)

Project Title: Quantifying space weather turbulence and extremes and risk at Earth
Supervisor: Sandra Chapman (
Start Date: October 2024 (Fully funded for 42 months)

Modelling extreme magnetosphere-atmosphere interactions
Supervisor: Ravindra Desai (
Start Date: October 2024 (Fully funded for 48 months: HetSys CDT)
International scholarship deadline: 25 January 2024

Funding is available for both national and international candidates. The full project descriptions and application instructions can be found at:

Research at the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics (CFSA) focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of 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. For more details of the CFSA see to the full article

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ESO Studentship Programme

The European Southern Observatory awards several studentship positions each year in both Germany and Chile. The goal of the ESO studentship program is to connect Ph.D. students and their advisors throughout the ESO community with the activities and people at one of the world’s foremost observatories, and offers an invaluable training opportunity for the next generation of Astronomers and users of ESO facilities.

There are two annual application deadlines: 30th April and 30th October.

Further details of the programme and a link to the application portal can be found at:

If you are interested please contact the ESO supervisor well in advance of the application deadline to coordinate your research project jointly with your home institute supervisor.… continue to the full article

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Funded PhD positions at Aberystwyth

The Physics Department of Aberystwyth University seeks high-quality candidates for 3-yr funded PhD projects in the field of Solar System Physics. The group has particular strengths in modelling and observational analysis of the solar atmosphere and solar wind, and building optical instruments/components for space missions . Our recent work concentrates on the development of novel data analysis techniques for solar atmospheric images, space weather studies and forecasting, advanced numerical modelling of coronal structures, impacts of space weather on planetary atmospheres, and visible/IR instrumentation for planetary surface exploration.

Applications are due by end January 2024 for a September 2024 start. Outstanding applications may also be entered for the Aberystwyth University Aberdoc scholarship competition. Applicants should follow the instructions at

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Huw Morgan, by email:… continue to the full article

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Fully-funded PhD opportunities to join the Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University for a September 2024 start.

We have multiple fully-funded PhD studentships available for entry in September 2024. These PhD studentships include full UK fees, a living allowance (this was £18,622 per year for 2023/24 full time study) and additional funding to cover research costs and international travel such as conferences.

We offer:
• 3.5-year, fully-funded PhD studentships,
• 4-year, fully-funded STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science PhD studentships.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2024. Full details can be found here =

We are a successful Research Group pursuing high-international-priority research across the broad remit of Solar and Space Physics. The group demonstrates international leadership across theory, numerical modelling, observations of solar and space plasma, data intensive science, and space-related hardware.

You will join a strong and supportive research team. The very best way to get a taste of this is to come and visit the Research Group in person (see for details).

We value individual differences and diversity and the improved science and scholarship that brings. We therefore encourage applications from under-represented groups and requests for flexible study are welcomed. We offer all applicants full guidance on the application process. For informal enquiries, please email Professor James McLaughlin (… continue to the full article

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