Research Fellow in Solar Physics

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
28 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Solar Physics
Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of solar physics and in particular, the study of solar flare particle acceleration and transport. The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to understanding the link between flare-accelerated electrons at the Sun and those in the heliosphere using both numerical modelling and remote and in-situ observations (including data from Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter). This position is funded by STFC Grant ST/V000764/1 and you will work primarily with Dr Natasha Jeffrey (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 solar flare theory and observation, particle acceleration and transport processes, and numerical simulations (e.g., stochastic differential equations, SDEs). The ideal candidate will have good knowledge of Interactive Data Language (IDL), Python and experience of computational numerical simulations. Some experience working with solar observations, particularly particle in-situ data will also be beneficial.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Natasha Jeffrey via email: 

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,CV including research statements and grants and publications list. Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file. 

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Please note this vacancy will close on 28/02/2021