Research Fellow in Solar Magnetohydrodynamics

Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (GB)
£35,844 - £40,322
17 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Solar Magnetohydrodynamics  
Faculty of Engineering and Environment  

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Magnetohydrodynamics. The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to understanding how stored energy can be released from magnetised plasmas via time-dependent, wave-generating magnetic reconnection. This position is funded by a grant from STFC (ST/T000384/1) and the project focuses on a comprehensive investigation into the fundamental physics of Oscillatory Reconnection (a time-dependent, wave-generating reconnection mechanism). You will work primarily with Professor James McLaughlin (PI of the grant).  

You will initiate, develop and conduct high-quality research in support of the project. The project will require an understanding of MHD wave theory, magnetic reconnection and computational MHD (particular 3D numerical modelling using High Performance Computing). The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and experience of computational MHD simulations. Experience in magnetic reconnection and/or solar physics observations would also be beneficial. 

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor James McLaughlin, Director of Research, on +44 (0)191 227 3667 or

The successful candidate will join the Solar Physics research group. Further details about the research groups can be found here:

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. 

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 22/03/2020 

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