Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics

Canberra, Australia
$68,307 - $86,646 per annum
08 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A

Salary package: $68,307 - $86,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Continuing (contingent Funded) employment with an initial appointment of 2 years.  The appointment may be extended subject to availability of a further funding.

Position overview 

This position is located within the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The College covers all areas of scientific endeavour, from astrophysics to climate change, epidemiology to theoretical chemistry, scientists at ANU use their skills to contribute to advancing science for the future of the world, integrating high level research and educational excellence.

An exciting opportunity exists to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow to develop simulations of hot plasmas using a radically new formulation of magnetohydrodynamics, Multi-region Relaxed MHD (MRxMHD. (The key idea of MRxMHD is to partition the plasma into finitely many relaxed sub-volumes separated by current/vortex sheet interfaces whose dynamics is derived variationally.) The project, "Multi-Region Relaxation Dynamics in Fusion and Stellar Plasmas" is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) grant DP170102606. In a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA, the postdoctoral fellow will develop a computational time evolution implementation of this new dynamical MHD theory to simulate the nonlinear evolution of plasma instabilities. Applications include edge-localised modes (ELMs) in toroidal magnetic confinement fusion experiments and flare phenomena in solar plasmas.

Candidates should have excellent numerical skills and a firm foundation in theoretical physics and/or applied mathematics, as well as the ability to communicate clearly research results and to work in a collaborative environment. Knowledge of plasma physics, computational fluid dynamics and numerical analysis is desirable, but not essential.

For more information, please contact Associate professor Matthew Hole, E:, T:+61 2 6125 7606

Closing Date: 3 April 2017

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.