Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Modelling in Solar Astrophysics

Darlington, Australia
$101,507 - $112,462 + 17% superannuation
04 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term employment for 3 years, located in the School of Physics, Camperdown Campus
  • Research opportunity in solar astrophysics
  • Base Salary, Level A, $101,507 - $112,462 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Modelling in Solar Astrophysics will use theory, data analysis, and computation to improve our ability to model the state as well as the dynamical evolution of solar active regions, which are responsible for solar activity including solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Flares and CMEs are the most energetic events in the solar system and can create hazardous conditions in our local space environment. This project involves: developing computational methods for data-constrained and data-driven modelling of solar active regions; applying the methods to synthetic and observational data to assess their reliability and for the purpose of modelling; using the methods to develop capabilities for flare and CME prediction. The work will involve collaboration with domestic and international researchers.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work closely with and report to Professor Michael Wheatland on all aspects of the project
  • perform data analysis with solar data, develop numerical models for coronal magnetic fields, and apply and test the models
  • collaborate with other researchers at the University of Sydney and elsewhere, and assist students in research projects
  • undertake domestic and international travel to meet the goals of the project
  • publish results in high-impact journals
  • communicate results at local and international meetings.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or one to be completed before starting) in physics or applied mathematics
  • excellent computational skills, including the ability to write compiled codes for large-scale computation, as well as codes in Python or other languages for data analysis
  • demonstrated skills in data analysis, computational modelling using data, and the visualization and interpretation of data and models
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision, as well as to work effectively as a member of a team
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), as well organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • experience in handling astrophysical datasets
  • a history of publication in refereed journals as a sole author or in collaboration
  • experience in research record-keeping and preparation of research papers and seminars.

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EEO statement

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Thursday 05 October 2023 11:59 PM


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