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General News/UKSP Business

  • Jan Frič Award Lecture – Galina Motorina
    We cordially invite our colleagues, work-fellows and anyone interested in astrophysics to the lecture of Jan Frič Award, which will take place on Monday, 24th January 2022 at 13:00 (Prague time) via zoom: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/93034946376?pwd=dGk0UXQyV2pvckFRQzBDUmRJc0xEZz09 Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences grants the Premium to its junior researchers for their extraordinary results which contribute to the international prestige of the Institute. The laureate for the past year is our colleague Galina Motorina, Ph.D. Galina receives this award for the collection of works “Multiwavelength study of solar flares and associated phenomena”. Sincerely, Bruno Jungwiert – Chairman of the Council of the Astronomical Institute and Vladimír Karas – Director of the Astronomical Institute More about Jan Frič:  https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Ludv%C3%ADk_Frič
  • Broken/incorrect institution links on UKSP website
    Dear Colleagues, On the UKSP website, we have links to UK institutions and their associated research groups currently undertaking and contributing to solar physics research. The information/links can be found here: https://www.uksolphys.org/about-uksp/institutions/ Please check that your group information is present and correct as some of the links no longer work. Please send any updates to the deputy chair (natasha.jeffrey@northumbria.ac.uk).
  • Upcoming RAS deadlines
    Thesis Prizes (deadline 31st January 2022) The Keith Runcorn Prize for the best doctoral thesis in geophysics (including planetary science and solar physics) is awarded annually.  The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at an Ordinary (A&G) Meeting of the RAS. Subjects covered include:
    • Exploration geophysics
    • Physics of the Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere or magnetosphere
    • Planetary science
    • Solar physics
    • Solid-Earth geophysics
    Nominees are not required to be Fellows of the RAS. Full information can be found here: https://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/awards/2277-keith-runcorn-thesis-prize A separate Michael Penston Prize (https://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/-michael-penston-thesis-prize) is awarded for theses in astronomy and a Patricia Tomkins Prize (https://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/awards/2285-patricia-tomkins-thesis-prize) is awarded for theses in instrumentation science (astronomy and geophysics). ——– RAS February Grants Round – Call for applications (deadline 20th February 2022) The RAS offers grants in support of research or study in areas of astronomy and geophysics, including: – Activities related to the history of Astronomy or Geophysics – Conference/Meeting Travel Subsistence – Funding for Meeting Organising – Instrumentation – RAS Tomkins awards – Observing/Field Trips – E.A. Milne Travelling Fellowship – Study or Research Projects – Undergraduate Bursaries (February grants round only) Full information can be found here: https://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/grants-for-studies-overview
  • UKRI Impact Consultation request
    Dear Colleagues, Since the withdrawal of Pathways to Impact  as part of research grant applications , UKRI  has launched a consultation exercise which  is designed to enable UKRI to better understand how impact is being embedded into applications. This includes  involvement of external stakeholders and project partners in embedding and enabling impact, the breadth of associated impact enabling activities and their efficacy, as well as how impact is reviewed or assessed. This consultation also includes elements of both Public Engagement and Innovation and Commercialisation. It will not focus on specific outcomes or impacts of research, but instead focuses on how applicants are handling impact development and associated activities within their funding applications. It also  covers the application, review and panel stages of our funding processes. Based on this, we wish to invite members of the STFC community to complete a short survey and feedback any thoughts and comments on impact and how it should be included in grant submissions. We fully appreciate that not all the STFC community have had an opportunity to consider the implications of earlier policy changes and so comments are welcome from a retrospective and forward planning perspective. However, due to the change in assessment criteria placing a stronger focus on Impact, we would encourage you to complete the survey and think about how to get involved. In addition, we would also flag a new STFC  guidance document (https://www.ukri.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/STFC-131221-ImpactGuidance.pdf) which has been developed to help guide you on what to consider when thinking about and planning for impact as part of a  grant application To complete the survey, please navigate to the following link: https://engagementhub.ukri.org/reforming-our-business/impact2021
  • European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) Prizes–Reminder
    European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) 2022 PhD Thesis and Early Career Researcher Prizes – Upcoming deadline Since 2017, the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) awards two prizes every year: the ESPD PhD Thesis Prize and the ESPD Early Career Researcher (Postdoc) Prize. These prizes are nomination-based. The deadline for nomination is 6th February, 2022. The 2022 ESPD PhD Thesis Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD thesis/viva was defended in 2021. The 2022 ESPD Early Career Prize will be awarded to a young researcher whose PhD was awarded after 01/012018 (with possible extension). ESPD aspires to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who enjoy solar physics. In order to promote the gender equality in science, ESPD strongly encourages the nomination of young female solar physicists. Further information about eligibility, documents to be included in the nomination package, and submission process for each prize can be found on the ESPD prizes webpage: https://www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304 The ESPD Prize Committee

Nuggets

  • European Solar Physics Nugget #4 – First detection of the magnetic field in solar vortices
    European Solar Physics Nugget #4 – First detection of the magnetic field in solar vortices The fourth European Solar Physics Nugget is now available to read. Nugget #4 comes from Mariarita Murabito (INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Italy) and collaborators, who discuss measurements of polarisation signatures in rotating structures observed in the chromosphere. The nugget can be found at: https://est-east.eu/nuggets/46-espn/1116-espn-4-first-detection-of-the-magnetic-field-in-solar-vortices The aim of the European Solar Physics (ESP) Nuggets is to aid in the communication of recent science results from the European Solar Physics community. More information on the ESP Nuggets can be found at: https://www.est-east.eu/nuggets
  • RHESSI Nuggets in December 2021
    No. 423, “Resolving two distinct thermal X-ray components in a compound solar flare,” by Zhenjun ZHAO and Rui LIU: Superhot coronal sources may be independent loop systems. No. 422, “Bridging solar flares to coronal mass ejections,’’ by Markus ASCHWANDEN: The Neupert effect allows us to trace coronal mass ejections seamlessly. We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets for these and others. Comments about specific flares can often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.
  • New UKSP Nugget #118
    118. Tour de France of compressive waves in the Sun’s corona by Dmitrii Kolotkov and Valery Nakariakov (Warwick) Using fast wave trains to probe the transverse structure of the waveguiding coronal plasma. https://www.uksolphys.org/?p=19879 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK. https://www.uksolphys.org/uksp-nuggets/ Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • RHESSI Nuggets in November 2021
    http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets No. 421, “The Jakimiec Diagnostic Diagram,” by Hugh HUDSON: The joint variation of GOES temperature and emission measure discloses new features via an old tool. No. 420, “First look at ALMA/Hinode/IRiS microflares,” by Toshifumi SHIMIZU et al.: High-resolution ALMA and multiwavelength observations of microflaring. We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets for these and others. Comments about specific flares can often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.
  • New UKSP Nugget #117
    117. A numerical tool for obtaining wave eigenvalues in non-uniform solar waveguides by Samuel Skirvin, Viktor Fedun and Gary Verth (Sheffield) How to understand MHD waves without solving dispersion equations. https://www.uksolphys.org/?p=19786 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK. https://www.uksolphys.org/uksp-nuggets/ Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools

  • COSPAR-22-D1.3: UNDERSTANDING AND PREDICTING SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLE EVENTS ACROSS THE HELIOSPHERE
    Dear colleagues, We would like to bring your attention to the COSPAR-22-D1.3 Scientific Event on the Understanding and Predicting Solar Energetic Particle Events Across the Heliosphere (https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/sessioninfo.php?session=1042) that will take place in the coming July 2022 at Athens, Greece during COSPAR 2022 44th Scientific Assembly (https://www.cosparathens2022.org/). Abstract: The study of Solar Energetic Particles (SEP) and their impacts on Earth and other planets has made significant progress in the last decade due to: (a) an armada of spacecraft delivering observations from different vantage points within the heliosphere; (b) high performance numerical simulations and (c) extensive analysis efforts. These advances enable the detailed study of SEPs from their birth and acceleration in solar eruptive events to their acceleration, injection and transport in the interplanetary space. They can also be used for the prediction of SEPs. In this session, we invite contributions on models and observations of SEPs, covering their initiation by solar eruptive events, acceleration, injection, transport and prediction of their occurrence and corresponding characteristics at Earth and other planets. The session focuses on key developments that address SEP forecasting at different time scales. We solicit contributions related to: • Acceleration of particles to space weather relevant energies. The relative role of reconnection, compressions and shocks. • Modeling particle acceleration and transport in the corona and the inner heliosphere. • Multi-spacecraft observations of SEP events across the heliosphere (Helios, Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, L1, Mars and beyond) • Predicting the occurrence and characteristics of SEP events • Modeling and Predicting the evolution of the SEP time profile • Capabilities to predict SEP events across the heliosphere The abstract submission deadline:11 February 2022 Submit your abstract here: https://www.cosparathens2022.org/attending/registration-abstract-submission/ On behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee Athanasios Papaioannou, Anastasios Anastasiadis, Angels Aran, Athanasios Kouloumvakos, Monica Laurenza, Angelos Vourlidas
  • COSPAR 2022 E2.2 session on solar/stellar eruptions (Call for abstracts: deadline Feb 11th)
    Dear colleagues, With the abstracts submission deadline fast approaching (February 11th), we draw your attention to the scientific event E2.2: CATALYZING PROGRESS IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSICS OF SOLAR AND STELLAR ERUPTIONS VIA DATA DRIVEN SIMULATIONS to be held at the 2022 Cospar scientific assembly (16-24 July 2022, Athens, Greece). The rationale of the session is as follows: “Recent advances in computational power and theoretical understanding of solar magnetic fields have enabled the simulation of sunspots all the way to the formation of fully-developed Active Regions (ARs), and even successfully produce eruptive flares in the simulated solar corona. Radiative 3D MHD simulations, and, in particular, evolutionary data-driven modeling efforts, driving with observed time sequences of vector magnetograms simulations of eruptive events are being explored and developed. This session invites contributions on solar and stellar AR modeling in balance with contributions from an observational standpoint to cover multiple aspects of (1) the physics of AR formation and evolution, (2) the formation of pre-eruptive structures, and (3) the initiation of solar/stellar eruptions. Understanding the role of the evolution of magnetic fields is key in determining why some ARs are not strong sources of space weather while others pose dangers for space exploration, our modern civilization, or for exoplanet habitability.” https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=1079 Best regards, G. Chintzoglou & M. Janvier
  • 48th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics
    48th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 27 June – 1 July 2022, online [Note: there is a joint session with the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD)] Dear colleagues, The website of the 48th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics (27 June – 1 July 2022, online) is now open for abstract submission of contributed papers for oral or poster presentation. We are inviting contributed papers in all fields of plasma physics including: Low Temperature and Dusty Plasmas, Basic Space and Astrophysical Plasma, Beam Plasma and Inertial Fusion, and Magnetic Confinement Fusion. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 25 February! Submitters will be notified of paper acceptance end of March / early April. The abstract submission site is hosted by Fusenet. In order to submit an abstract you can login with your Fusenet account. In case you don’t have a Fusenet account yet, you will have to create one by registering. At the abstract submission site you will also find the instructions and templates for preparing your abstract. To start the abstract submission please use the following link: https://epsplasma2022.eu/submission On the conference website (www.epsplasma2022.eu) you will also find shortly the list of confirmed plenary and invited speakers. Looking forward to your contributions, Egbert Westerhof Chair of the LOC for the 48th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics
  • Meeting announcement: The Dynamic Sun at Small Scales – Abstracts due on 11 February
    This is a final reminder for the abstract submission closing date of 11 February 2022 for the 1.5-day scientific meeting on “The dynamic Sun at small scales” to be held during the COSPAR2022 44th Scientific Assembly in Athens, Greece (July 16-24, 2022). The abstract submission is available through the webpage https://www.cospar-assembly.org/user/mypapers.php?log=1. Confirmed invited speakers (in alphabetical order): Salvatore Guglielmino (University of Catania, Italy), Elena Khomenko (IAC, Spain), Juan Martinez-Sykora (LMSAL, USA), Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University, UK), Thomas Rimmele (NSO, USA) and Toshifumi Shimizu (ISAS, Japan) For additional (regularly updated) information about this event, please see https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=1081 or contact directly the event organisers: MSO- Kostas Tziotziou (kostas@noa.gr, National Observatory of Athens) & DO- Maria S. Madjarska (madjarska@mps.mpg.de, Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research). Further information about the COSPAR2022 assembly can be found at https://www.cosparathens2022.org/ and https://cospar-assembly.org/assembly.php Looking forward to seeing you in Athens!
  • COSPAR22-E2.1: Solar and Stellar Magnetic Flux Ropes -Call for Abstracts
    The COSPAR 2022 Scientific Assembly which will take place in Athens, Greece, from July 16 to 24, is open for abstract submission. We would like to raise your attention to COSPAR 2022 Scientific Event E2.1 entitled ‘Solar and Stellar Magnetic Flux Ropes’. The Event aims to discuss the formation (both observationally and with the aid of simulations) of magnetic flux ropes, their twist and helicity, their eruption in the framework of CME initiation, and their propagation into the inner heliosphere. Special emphasis will also be given to the discussion of stellar magnetic flux ropes and their possible connection to powerful stellar flares and CMEs, as these phenomena may have implications for the physical conditions of orbiting exoplanets. We solicit contributions related to the above topics. The deadline for abstract submission is 11 February 2022 (to submit your abstract follow the appropriate link at https://www.cospar-assembly.org/assembly.php). For more information about the Event, please check out: https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=1078 Best regards from the Event’s organizers, Alexander Nindos (anindos@uoi.gr) Brigitte Schmieder (brigitte.schmieder@obspm.fr)

Jobs/Studentships

  • Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor / Lecturer of Solar and Space Physics (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK). Deadline = 13th February 2022.
    Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is advertising for permanent appointments within its areas of research excellence, which includes Solar and Space Physics. These appointments are being made at every level and so we welcome applications for Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Lecturer of Solar and Space Physics. There is also the possibility of multiple appointments. You will join the Solar and Space Physics research group – a successful group pursuing high-international-priority research across the broad remit of Solar and Space Physics, based in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. Evidence of the group’s success includes funding from STFC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Astronomical Society, the US Air Force, UKSA, and three UKRI Senior Fellows. The group also plays multiple roles in the UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) programme in support of the UK Met Office. The group demonstrates international leadership across theory, numerical modelling, observations of solar and space plasma, data intensive science, and a growing reputation for space-related hardware. Our long-term research programme involves understanding all aspects of the solar-terrestrial connection and we are also interested in broadening our expertise to the study of plasma in all astrophysical systems. Working with colleagues in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, you will lead, collaborate on, and contribute to a range of activities that enhance research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities. This will include: undertaking individual and joint research; producing high-quality academic outputs; designing, developing and delivering high-quality teaching activities and; participating in external activity to generate income and promote your research area. We value applicants that display good academic citizenship including mentoring and supporting colleagues, promoting good practice across many aspects of academic life. Our research group and Department is committed to a sustainable work-life balance. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs. There is an awareness within the working culture of the Department that is conducive towards those with caring responsibilities and supporting flexible working conditions. We particularly welcome hearing from applicants from historically under-represented groups. You must be qualified to Doctoral level in a relevant discipline and have relevant subject expertise with specialist knowledge gained through research activity, professional practice or consultancy. You are expected to have a strong publication record that is commensurate with your career stage and research field. At Lecturer/Assistant Professor level, we are seeking a commitment to, and passion for, delivering innovative education at all levels. If you are not already experienced at lecturing, you will be supported by the University to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) either by portfolio or by Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). At Professor/Associate Professor level, you will assist the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to maintain and enhance the University’s national and international reputation in your academic field. You must demonstrate continuing academic achievement, and achievement and provide academic leadership (of your subject and associated colleagues) through active contribution to your discipline and to the life and work of the Faculty and the wider University. This will include contributing to significant change within practice, the discipline, profession and/or community at regional, national and international level. We value applicants that display good academic citizenship including mentoring and supporting colleagues, promoting good practice across many aspects of academic life. We offer all applicants full guidance on the application process. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Professor James McLaughlin, Director of Research james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk . Further information on the research group can be found here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/mathematics-physics-and-electrical-engineering/research/solar-and-space-physics/ To apply for this vacancy please visit https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/academic-10971-academic-opportunities-in-areas-of-research-excellence Please state within your covering letter the research area (Solar and Space Physics) and role (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Lecturer) you would be interested in. Deadline = 13th February 2022 Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. We value the diverse routes that our colleagues take to get here, and we recognise that this diversity of experience leads to stronger research, teaching and entrepreneurship. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. Northumbria University has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer, offering support and a proactive approach to employing disabled people.
  • Two Assistant Professors in Applied Mathematics at Durham
    Durham University are looking to recruit two permanent Assistant Professors in Applied Mathematics to start in September. The deadline for applications is 27th February. Since we are in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, applicants would need to be working on theory/simulations and it would be an advantage to have experience teaching applied maths rather than physics. Informal enquiries can be send to Anthony Yeates (contact email on the web page). For details see https://durham.taleo.net/careersection/du_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=22000114&lang=en.
  • 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).  
  • 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group at the University of St Andrews
    The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group has openings for two Research Fellows to work in the field of solar or magnetospheric physics. Funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant, the projects will mainly be in collaboration with Profs I De Moortel, A Hood, D Mackay, T Neukirch and C Parnell and Drs V Archontis and A Wright. Preference will be given to applicants with interests in (i) coronal heating (Project Lead: Ineke De Moortel) and (ii) global magnetic field modelling (Project Lead: Duncan Mackay), but we encourage applications by candidates from all areas of solar and magnetospheric physics. Applicants should have completed or expect to obtain shortly a PhD in either solar physics or magnetospheric physics or a closely related subject. These posts are initially for a term of 24 months, with extensions by a further 12 months possible. The start date will be 1 March 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Informal enquiries to Prof Thomas Neukirch, email: tn3@st-andrews.ac.uk, Prof Ineke De Moortel, email: ineke.demoortel@st-andrews.ac.uk , or Prof Duncan Mackay, email: dhm@st-andrews.ac.uk. For further details, or to make an application, please go to https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/4323/0/328611/889/2-research-fellows-in-solar-and-magnetospheric-theory-group-ar2640mr
  • 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 ————————————————————————————————– • 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 ————————————————————————————————– • 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 ————————————————————————————————– 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).