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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:
https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4455

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Joanne Mason (j.mason@exeter.ac.uk).

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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 https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/study-with-us/pg-studies/apply/. Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Prof Huw Morgan, by email: hmorgan@aber.ac.uk.

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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:

https://newsroom.northumbria.ac.uk/pressreleases/space-expertise-brings-ps1-dot-3m-big-data-science-boost-to-north-east-3173439

and

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/program/nudata-centre-for-doctoral-training-in-data-intensive-science/?p5700

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 https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/nudata/

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
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/bayes-in-space-adding-uncertainty-to-deep-learning-in-solar-physics-nudata-ee-mpee-morton/?p143653

• Characterising the heating and cooling imprints of the solar corona
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/characterising-the-heating-and-cooling-imprints-of-the-solar-corona-nudata-ee-mpee-antolin/?p143647

• Hierarchical transfer learning using numerical simulations to model coronal loop instabilities https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/hierarchical-transfer-learning-using-numerical-simulations-to-model-coronal-loop-instabilities-nudata-ee-mpee-botha/?p143650

• The Physics of Solar Prominences: an AI/ML approach
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/the-physics-of-solar-prominences-an-ai-ml-approach-nudata-ee-mpee-regnier/?p143655

• Understanding the energy budgets for solar flares and their use in forecasting via machine-learning
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/understanding-the-energy-budgets-for-solar-flares-and-their-use-in-forecasting-via-machine-learning-nudata-ee-mpee-bloomfield/?p143649

Space Physics / Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial

• Investigating Earth’s Magnetospheric Structures through Machine Learning
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/investigating-earth-s-magnetospheric-structures-through-machine-learning-nudata-ee-mpee-bentley/?p143648

• Large-scale ionospheric currents with SuperMAG
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/large-scale-ionospheric-currents-with-supermag-nudata-ee-mpee-coxon/?p143651

• Determining the role of pressure gradients and localised physics in the detonation of the magnetospheric substorm
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/determining-the-role-of-pressure-gradients-and-localised-physics-in-the-detonation-of-the-magnetospheric-substorm-nudata-ee-mpee-rae/?p143654

• Classification and understanding of wave spectra in Earth’s outer radiation belt
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/classification-and-understanding-of-wave-spectra-in-earth-s-outer-radiation-belt-nudata-ee-mpee-watt/?p143656

• Machine learning for detection of wave-particle interactions in real-time in the solar wind
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/machine-learning-for-detection-of-wave-particle-interactions-in-real-time-in-the-solar-wind-nudata-ee-mpee-wicks/?p143657

Planetary
• Double-diffusive convection in Saturn
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/double-diffusive-convection-in-saturn-nudata03/?p143661

• Polar vortices in Jupiter’s atmosphere
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/polar-vortices-in-jupiter-s-atmosphere-nudata02/?p143660

Astrophysics
• Answering Big Questions in Cosmology with big data from Galaxy Surveys
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/answering-big-questions-in-cosmology-with-big-data-from-galaxy-surveys-nudata08/?p143675

• Cosmic Shear Cosmology
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/cosmic-shear-cosmology-nudata04/?p143662

• Discovering new black holes in optical surveys
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/discovering-new-black-holes-in-optical-surveys-nudata05/?p143664

• Dynamical Processes in Stellar Interiors
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/dynamical-processes-in-stellar-interiors-nudata06/?p143665

• Interstellar and Intergalactic random magnetic fields
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/interstellar-and-intergalactic-random-magnetic-fields-nudata01/?p143659

• The cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes: advanced panchromatic Bayesian modelling applied to JWST surveys
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/the-cosmic-evolution-of-supermassive-black-holes-advanced-panchromatic-bayesian-modelling-applied-to-jwst-surveys-nudata07/?p143673

For informal enquiries, email Professor James McLaughlin (Northumbria: james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk) or Professor Tamara Rogers (Newcastle: tamara.rogers@newcastle.ac.uk), 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 (ineke.demoortel@st-andrews.ac.uk) 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 (tn3@st-andrews.ac.uk) 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: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/maths/prospective/pg/phdprogrammes/ and for informal enquiries email either Prof Ineke De Moortel (ineke.demoortel@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Prof Thomas Neukirch (tn3@st-andrews.ac.uk).… 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 https://sites.google.com/sheffield.ac.uk/pdg/ or https://sp2rc.group.shef.ac.uk/

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 https://www.ukri.org/councils/stfc/career-and-skills-development/training/studentships/

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:
maths-phd@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information, contact:

Dr Istvan Ballai (i.ballai@sheffield.ac.uk)
Dr Rekha Jain (r.jain@sheffield.ac.uk)
Dr Gary Verth (g.verth@sheffield.ac.uk)
Prof Robert von Fay-Siebenburgen (r.von.fay-siebenburgen@sheffield.ac.uk)… 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:

http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html

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 (www.star.uclan.ac.uk/solar/) are with Dr Daniel Brown, Prof. Silvia Dalla and Prof. Robert Walsh.

For a description of the projects and additional information see: http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/phd-studentships-and-postgraduate-study/

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 (www.star.uclan.ac.uk/staff-directory).

For informal discussion, please email Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson (DWard-Thompson@uclan.ac.uk) or Dr. Mark Norris (MNorris2@uclan.ac.uk).

For further information and how to apply, see:
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk 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

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4-year PhD Position in the Space Physics Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland

The PhD project will investigate fine-scale properties (waves, turbulence and structures) of CME plasma in the inner heliosphere, and how these properties relate to large-scale CME structure. Extensive use will be made of observations from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which are now reaching distances very close to the Sun.

Applicants are sought with good grades in a Master’s degree in physics or a related subject. The research will involve spacecraft data analysis and comparison to theory. Some background in plasma physics and/or data analysis is desirable. The PhD will fully equip the successful candidate with the skills necessary to pursue a career in research.

The position is fully funded by the Academy of Finland for 4 years, with additional funding available for travel to international conferences. The successful candidate will be joining a growing and dynamic research group at the University of Helsinki, during an exciting time in solar wind research.

The position is available now, and will be open until filled. If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a short cover letter, CV, degree transcript and contact details of two referees to Dr Simon Good [simon.good(at)helsinki.fi.s] by 20 February 2022. General enquiries [sent to simon.good(at)helsinki.fi] are also welcome.… continue to the full article

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Fully-funded PhD studentships at Northumbria University (two deadlines)

The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is inviting applications for fully-funded PhD studentships for an October 2022 start. These are a mixture of University funded 3-year studentship and 3.5-year STFC-funded studentships. This year, we are offering PhDs on the following topics:

University-funded, 3-year PhD studentships, deadline = 18th February 2022

STFC-funded, 3.5-year PhD studentships. Deadline = 1st March 2022

Full details can be found at: https://sites.google.com/view/solarphysicsnu/research/phd-projects-2022

For details of how to apply, see: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

For informal questions, please contact the relevant supervisor, and/or contact Professor James McLaughlin (james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk).

Deadline for applications: 18th February 2022 (for University-funded) and 1st March 2022 (for STFC-funded)

Start Date: 1st October 2022 or 1st March 2023

Overview of the research group

Northumbria University’s long-standing expertise in Solar and Space Physics research has been supported with core funding from STFC and NERC as well as funding from EU Horizon 2020, European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency (UKSA), the US Air Force, the National Solar Observatory (USA), the Leverhulme Trust, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Group members include STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow Dr Patrick Antolin, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow Dr John Coxon and Future Leader Fellow Dr Richard Morton. Group members sit on various national and international panels including the STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee (Prof James McLaughlin), STFC Solar System Advisory Panel (Dr Richard Morton), STFC Project Peer Review Panel (Dr Robert Wicks), UKSA’s Space Programme Advisory Committee (Prof Clare Watt) and ESA’s Space Science Advisory Committee (Prof Jonathan Rae). Members of the group, including Prof Jonathan Rae, Prof Clare Watt, Dr Shaun Bloomfield and Dr Jasmine Sandhu also contribute to the ongoing UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) national space weather programme in support of the UK Met Office. The group’s recent research achievements include the discovery of coronal reconnection nanojets (Antolin et al., 2021, Nature Astronomy, 5, 54), creating global maps of the solar magnetic field (Yang et al., 2020, Science, 368, 694), and revealing a basal contribution from p-modes to the Alfvénic wave flux in the Sun’s atmosphere (Morton, Weberg & McLaughlin, 2019, Nature Astronomy, 3, 223).

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Fully-funded PhD studentships at Northumbria University (second announcement)

The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is inviting applications for fully-funded PhD studentships for an October 2022 start. These are a mixture of University funded 3-year studentship and 3.5-year STFC-funded studentships. This year, we are offering PhDs on the following topics:

University-funded, 3-year PhD studentships, deadline = 18th February 2022
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• Causality pathways in space: Extracting the storm-time bias of space weather forecasting (principal supervisor: Dr Sarah Bentley)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=138134

• Deep learning of ground magnetometer networks for space physics (principal supervisor: Dr Sarah Bentley)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=138137

STFC-funded, 3.5-year PhD studentships. Deadline = 1st March 2022
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• Solar active region energetics, magnetic polarity mixing and their relation to flares (principal supervisor: Dr Shaun Bloomfield)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=139942

• The Physics of Solar Prominences: an AI/ML approach (principal supervisor: Dr Stephane Regnier)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=139943

• Exploring fundamental MagnetoHydroDynamic (MHD) properties of solar chromospheric magnetic fields, via a unique observation of a large-scale swirl and associated magnetic null point (principal supervisor: Dr Eamon Scullion)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=139939

• Plasma thermodynamics of the inner heliosphere with Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe (principal supervisor: Dr Robert Wicks)
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=139944

Full details can be found at:
https://sites.google.com/view/solarphysicsnu/research/phd-projects-2022

For details of how to apply, see:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

For informal questions, please contact the relevant supervisor, and/or contact Professor James McLaughlin (james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk).

Deadline for applications: 18th February 2022 (for University-funded) and 1st March 2022 (for STFC-funded)

Start Date: 1st October 2022 or 1st March 2023

Overview of the research group
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Northumbria University’s long-standing expertise in Solar and Space Physics research has been supported with core funding from STFC and NERC as well as funding from EU Horizon 2020, European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency (UKSA), the US Air Force, the National Solar Observatory (USA), the Leverhulme Trust, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Group members include STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow Dr Patrick Antolin, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow Dr John Coxon and Future Leader Fellow Dr Richard Morton. Group members sit on various national and international panels including the STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee (Prof James McLaughlin), STFC Solar System Advisory Panel (Dr Richard Morton), STFC Project Peer Review Panel (Dr Robert Wicks), UKSA’s Space Programme Advisory Committee (Prof Clare Watt) and ESA’s Space Science Advisory Committee (Prof Jonathan Rae). Members of the group, including Prof Jonathan Rae, Prof Clare Watt, Dr Shaun Bloomfield and Dr Jasmine Sandhu also contribute to the ongoing UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) national space weather programme in support of the UK Met Office. The group’s recent research achievements include the discovery of coronal reconnection nanojets (Antolin et al., 2021, Nature Astronomy, 5, 54), creating global maps of the solar magnetic field (Yang et al., 2020, Science, 368, 694), and revealing a basal contribution from p-modes to the Alfvénic wave flux in the Sun’s atmosphere (Morton, Weberg & McLaughlin, 2019, Nature Astronomy, 3, 223).… continue to the full article

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