Research Fellow in Solar Physics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,333 - £37,474 per annum
30 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job Description:

The School of Mathematics & Physics at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow in Solar Physics within the Astrophysics Research Centre. The successful candidate will work on the analysis and interpretation of solar flare observations from space-based observatories such as SDO, RHESSI, Solar Orbiter, GOES-R, MAVEN, and SORCE, and the potential impact of associated changes in the solar irradiance on Earth’s ionosphere. The position is funded by European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (US Air Force) and an extension will be contingent upon future funding and performance.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Solar Physics, Solar Terrestrial Physics, Aeronomy, or a closely related discipline, either awarded or submitted by the time of taking up the post.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant research experience in either the analysis and interpretation of solar flare observations and/or modelling, or observations/modelling of the response of planetary atmospheres to solar irradiance variability.
  • A number of refereed publications and/or technical reports in the research field, commensurate with stage of career.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.  For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, please click on the Candidate Information link below.

This is a fixed term contact for 24 months. Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/ 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Ryan Milligan (r.milligan@qub.ac.uk).

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