Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Space Plasma Physics

Corvinus University of Budapest

About the Role
This is an opportunity to work as part of the team and project “Accelerating Charged Particles in Space – the Role of Transient Plasma Structures” funded by the Royal Society University Research Fellowship led by Dr Heli Hietala. The postdoc project involves primarily spacecraft data analysis, as well as related theory and/or simulation/models, to systematically compare various aspects of shock particle acceleration in different regions of space, with the goal using this fundamental understanding to improve space weather prediction. The key data comes from Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe, as well as databases of Magnetospheric MultiScale and Venus Express. The project involves high level of collaboration, both internationally and locally within the QMUL.

About You
The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in in the field of space physics or a closely related subject area. They will have a strong background in plasma physics and experience in data analysis. They will have the skills and abilities to conduct high-quality innovative research and to successfully disseminate this to the international community. They will be highly motivated, demonstrate initiative, collaborate successfully towards team goals, and show commitment to research, academic life, and ethical working.

About the School
The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences includes the Department of Physics and Astronomy which hosts world-class research centres across a range of areas in modern physics: Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Condensed Matter & Materials Science. The Space & Astrophysical Plasmas group has a long history of high-quality research and is part of the Astronomy Unit, which also hosts leading groups in Cosmology and Planetary Physics.

We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of September 2023. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £37,348-£43,592 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Heli Hietala at [email protected] .

To apply for the role, please click the ‘Apply’ button. In addition to the form, in which contact details for three referees should be given, a research statement (detailing previous achievements and future plans, 2 pages maximum), plus a separate CV, should be attached in the ‘CV Upload’ section.

The closing date for applications is 29th June 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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