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).