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.

Kind regards
Suzanne Winter