2 Opportunities:

1. Research Assistant / Associate in Space Plasma Physics

Salary: Research Assistant: £31,740 - £33,370 per annum/ Research Associate: £36,070 - £43,350 per annum

Fixed term appointment: (24 months)

Closing Date 20 June 2017 (Midnight BST)

How To Apply: Our preferred method of application is online via our website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/employment (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017087KL into “Keywords”).

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact the Administration office via space.sec@imperial.ac.uk.


The Space and Atmospheric Physics Group are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to perform, analyse and interpret high performance computer simulations related to the magnetosphere and radiation belts. The aim of the work is to model the behaviour of the radiation belts during extreme space weather events. The work will involve using a variety of computer simulation codes developed in the plasma physics group at Imperial College together with high performance computing services including Imperial’s CX1 system and the NERC ARCHER system. The work will be performed in the context of a NERC-funded consortium led by the British Antarctic Survey (Rad-Sat) whose goal is to model the acceleration, transport and loss of radiation belt electrons to protect satellites from space weather. Based in the space and atmospheric physics group, the post holder will work closely with the plasma physics group in the further development of the simulation codes. The post holder will also have the opportunity to support the Department’s teaching activities. It is expected that the post holder will use the position to develop their track record and research independence.

You will have a PhD (for appointment at Research Associate level) or be about to obtain a PhD (for appointment at Research Assistant level), or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience, in the field of space plasma physics, solar physics, astrophysical plasma physics and/or laboratory plasma physics.  You will also be expected to demonstrate expertise in at least one of: fluid plasma simulation; kinetic plasma simulation; magnetospheric physics; and/or radiation belt physics. You must have experience in the analysis of data from plasma simulations or the analysis and interpretation of equivalent data from in situ spacecraft data. You will also have a record of achievement, including publications, in a relevant research field that is commensurate with your experience.

In addition, you will have the demonstrated ability for both independent research and be able to work effectively as part of a team. You will have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem solving. You must be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to interact effectively with a wide range of people, and be able to learn and teach new skills. You will also be able to write clearly and succinctly for publications.

Further information about the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group and the Plasma Physics Group can be found at www.imperial.ac.uk/spat and www.imperial.ac.uk/plasma-physics.

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2. Polar Atmospheric Chemistry Modeller at the British Antarctic Survey

BAS are looking for an enthusiastic and driven researcher to support the NERC funded project ISOL-ICE. The post holder will be based at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge (UK) and will carry out 3-D simulations of stratospheric ozone, using the UKESM, to investigate the responses of stratospheric ozone, particularly over the Antarctic, to three potential perturbations: (a) solar radiation, (b) volcanic eruptions and (c) natural production of very short-lived halocarbons from the oceans. Model simulations will be compared to estimates of past column ozone above Antarctica during the last 1 kyr based on an ice core drilled for this project in 2016/17. The post holder will be expected to prioritise modelling tasks, design and perform model experiments and analyse their outcome. Findings will be published in peer-reviewed journals. 

Prof. Jo Haigh is a collaborator on this project hosted by BAS.


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