Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The successful applicant will use theory, data analysis, and computation to improve our ability to model the dynamical evolution of solar active regions, which are responsible for solar activity including solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Flares and CMEs are the most energetic events in the solar system and can create hazardous conditions in our local space environment.
This project involves: developing a predictive capability for the evolution of the Sun’s surface magnetic field, using physical models, machine learning and observational data; creating ensemble data-driven simulations of active regions in the Sun’s atmosphere; applying the ensemble modelling to predict solar eruptions from first principles, and forecasting their physical properties. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council through a grant on “Ensemble Modelling of Space Weather Drivers”. The successful applicant will work within a research team that includes A/Prof David Pontin and Dr Hannah Schunker (Univ. Newcastle), Prof Michael Wheatland (Univ. Sydney) and Dr Mark Cheung (CSIRO).
As the ideal candidate, you will have a PhD in solar physics, (space) plasma physics, astrophysics, weather/climate modelling, applied mathematics or similar subject. Key responsibilities:
– analyse solar data, develop numerical models for coronal magnetic fields, and apply and test the models
– collaborate closely with members of the research team and external researchers, and assist students in research projects
– undertake domestic and international travel to meet the goals of the project
– publish results in high-impact journals
– communicate results at local and international meetings.
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The position is available until the end of 2025 in the first instance, with possibility of extension up to three years, and the closing date is the 25th of October (Australian time zone). Enquiries should be directed to David Pontin (David.Pontin@newcastle.edu.au)