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).