Postgraduate Scholarship in Solar Physics

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) and Dublin City University (DCU) invite applications for a four-year PhD Scholarship in Solar Physics. The successful candidate will be registered and primarily based at the Solar Physics Group at DCU. They will collaborate closely with the Solar Physics and Space Weather Group at DIAS, which is part of a vibrant community of more than 30 researchers working on a range of topics including solar physics, planetary science, star formation, and high-energy astrophysics.

The successful applicant will be mentored in using observations from the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) and the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission to study the origin of energetic particles in the solar corona and quantify how they evolve into the heliosphere. The Scholar will be supported by a vibrant research group, collaborating with other researchers locally and internationally. They will interact closely with the relevant instrument teams to exploit existing data and propose campaigns to obtain new observations.

Applicants are expected to have a honours degree (Bachelors or Masters) in Physics, Astrophysics or a closely related field. Data analysis and programming experience is essential (e.g., Python or similar), as is evidence of capacity for original research.

The scholarship is fully-funded, covering university tuition fees and a stipend (€22,000 per year) tax free paid to the successful applicant, plus limited funds for computer equipment and travel to conferences and workshops.

Interested candidates should submit an application through the DIAS online e-recruitment at by 17:00 Irish time on 13 November 2023.

Applicants should upload the following as one single pdf file:
Cover letter (2 pages maximum)
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
Transcript of university grades
Names of two referees

Detailed enquiries regarding the research project can be made to Dr David Long ( and Prof. Peter Gallagher (, while submission enquiries can be directed to

At DIAS we are committed to building an inclusive scientific community, distinguished by scientific excellence, gender balance, and diversity. The DIAS Gender Equality and Inclusion Action Plan may be found here and we welcome applications from suitably qualified talented candidates of all genders and backgrounds.