Research Fellow in Solar Physics (36-months, deadline 11.04.2023, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) invites applications for a 36-month postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Magnetohydrodynamics. The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to understanding how stored energy can be released from magnetised plasma via time-dependent, wave-generating magnetic reconnection. This position is funded by a research project grant from STFC (ST/X001008/1) and the project focuses on a comprehensive investigation into the fundamental physics of Oscillatory Reconnection (a time-dependent, wave-generating reconnection mechanism). The exact project title is “The fundamental physics of time-dependent magnetic reconnection with a specific interest in the applicability to Quasi-Periodic Pulsations”. You will work primarily with Professor James McLaughlin (PI of grant).

You will initiate, develop and conduct high-quality research in support of the project. The project will require an understanding of MHD wave theory, magnetic reconnection and computational MHD (particular 3D numerical modelling using High Performance Computing). The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and experience of computational MHD simulations. Experience in magnetic reconnection and/or solar physics observations would also be beneficial.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor James McLaughlin on

The deadline is Tuesday 11th April 2023. Please submit your applications at

The successful candidate will join the Solar and Space Physics research group. Further details about the research group can be found here: