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Research Fellow in Space Plasma Physics

Space & Climate Physics

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 27th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £32,817 - £40,322 per annum
  • REF: 1874220
  • Closes: 03rd March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

We seek to appoint a Research Fellow to undertake research in the general area of magnetospheric physics but with emphasis on the magnetospheric substorm. This project is expected to utilise state-of-the-art data from the ESA Cluster and NASA THEMIS, Van Allen Probes and MMS missions, along with data from ground-based observatories and auroral observations.

The post holder will join the Space Plasma Physics Group at MSSL and be expected to make use of relevant data from current or previous missions including the ongoing Cluster mission.The appointee will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider group scientific activities along with communicate research through the publications of peer-reviewed journal articles and participation of relevant conferences and workshops.

The post is available until 31st March 2022 with a possible extension subject to funding availability through the Solar System Research Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or through additional national or international funding sources.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant should hold or expect to hold a PhD in a related area. Expertise and experience in space plasmas and/or magnetospheric physics is essential. Expertise in scientific programming, such as IDL, Matlab, and Python, and expertise in processing observational space physics data are also essential requirements of this post.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Informal enquiries should be made to Colin Forsyth (colin.forsyth@ucl.ac.uk).

Applications should be completed on line http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/. However if you are having difficulty accessing the on-line recruitment system please contact Suzanne Winter (s.winter@ucl.ac.uk) for advice.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

3 Mar 2021

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