PhD opportunities (3.5 years, fully-funded) within the Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK). Deadline = 28th April 2021

The Solar and Space Physics research group at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is inviting applications for full-time PhD studentships for an October 2021 or March 2022 start.

These are 3.5 year studentships and are funded by a STFC Doctoral Training Partnership.

This year, we are offering PhDs on the following topics:

• Plasma thermodynamics of the inner heliosphere with Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe
principal supervisor: Dr Robert Wicks
• Determining global plasma waves in Earth’s magnetosphere from ground observations
principal supervisor: Dr Sarah Bentley
• What makes geomagnetic storms so special?
principal supervisor: Professor Jonathan Rae
• 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
• Modelling an X-class solar flare combining observations, electron beam transport physics and MHD numerical simulations
principal supervisor: Dr Gert Botha

Full details can be found at:

For informal questions, please contact the relevant supervisor, and/or contact Professor James McLaughlin

Deadline for applications: 28th April 2021

Start Date: 1st October 2021 or 1st March 2022

Overview of the research group
The Solar and Space Physics group is a large and successful group, and our long-term research programme is to understand all aspects of the solar-terrestrial connection. Evidence of the group’s success includes funding from STFC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Astronomical Society, the UK Space Agency, the US Air Force, and a UKRI Future Leader Fellow. 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.