Research Fellow in Solar Physics, DKIST Support

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 – £39,152 per annum
Oct 17, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 22, 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 22/10/2019  
Salary £33,797 – £39,152 per annum  
Job category/type Research

Job description

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in Solar Physics for up to 2 years in the first instance. The post is within the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). 

Located within ARC, the QUB Solar Physics Group is part of the UK-DKIST Consortium that have delivered the detectors for instrumentation on the 4-metre Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) that operate in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with ARC and National Solar Observatory (NSO)/DKIST staff in Boulder and Hawaii (USA), respectively, to assist users with the preparation and execution of observing requests and the calibration and release of first-light observations. It is anticipated that the succesful applicant will spend approximately 50% of their time in the UK and 50% in the USA. They will be responsible for contributing to project deliverables in a timely fashion. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will also have time for independent solar physics research with DKIST.

The Solar Physics Group is a vibrant, highly productive research team within ARC, currently comprising 3 academic staff, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 6 PhD students. Group members make extensive use of a wide range of solar satellites and ground-based telescopes in Europe and the US. The Group also makes extensive use of image reconstruction techniques for the analysis of ground-based solar observations and inversion algorithms for the analysis of spectropolarimetric datasets.    

You can view Professor Michail Mathioudakis' research profile here

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • A PhD in Solar Physics or a closely-related discipline either awarded or  submitted by the time of taking up the post.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience
  • Experience in the reduction and analysis of  observations of the solar atmosphere from ground-based instruments.  
  • A number of refereed publications and/or technical reports in the research field, commensurate with stage of career.

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