Research Assistant / Associate in Space Plasma Physics

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant / Associate position within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the newest measurements from the inner solar system, investigating the fundamental processes that form and accelerate the solar wind. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched in August 2018 and has already made measurements closer to the Sun than...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00443
  • Date posted 29 April 2019
  • Closing date 29 May 2019

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant / Associate position within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the newest measurements from the inner solar system, investigating the fundamental processes that form and accelerate the solar wind.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission launched in August 2018 and has already made measurements closer to the Sun than ever before: Professor Tim Horbury is a team member of the FIELDS and SWEAP instruments and has access to the latest data. In addition, the magnetic field investigation of ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission, due for launch in February 2020 and which will travel to 60 solar radii and take simultaneous remote sensing and in situ measurements, was built at Imperial College.

You will analyse data from both these missions, with the aim of investigating transient events in the solar wind, sources of the wind and fundamental processes such as turbulence and shocks.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities will include data analysis and research; collaboration with other researchers at Imperial and worldwide; and publication of your results. There is an opportunity to undertake complementary simulations of theoretical work if appropriate.

Essential requirements

You will have a PhD (for appointment at Research Associate level) or be about to obtain a PhD (for appointment at Research Assistant level) in Space Plasma Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience.

In addition, you must also be able to demonstrate:
• Experience in the analysis of space-based field and particle data
• Experience in the field of solar wind physics
• A strong background and confidence in space plasma physics
• Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, commensurate with your career stage

Experience in the following areas would be advantageous:
• Experience in plasma simulations with relevance to solar wind physics
• Experience or knowledge of solar physics, especially sources of the solar wind

It is expected that you will use the position to develop your track record and research independence.

Further information

The position is available for a fixed term of 2 years with the possibility of extension and is available to start as soon as possible.

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

Please complete an online application form as directed. Only applicants who have completed application forms will be considered.

Should you require any further details on the role, please contact: Professor Tim Horbury, t.horbury@imperial.ac.uk  

Should you have any queries about the application process, please contact Azra Sabados, Senior Section Administrator, by email: space.sec@imperial.ac.uk  

For any technical queries during the application process please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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