Research Assistant/Associate in Space Physics
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. You will be required to perform, analyse and interpret high performance computer simulations of the Earth’s magnetosphere using global modelling. The primary aim of the work is to better understand the behaviour of the solar wind magnetosphere interaction during space weather events. The work will focus on...
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- Reference NAT00533
- Date posted 11 September 2019
- Closing date 11 October 2019
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. You will be required to perform, analyse and interpret high performance computer simulations of the Earth’s magnetosphere using global modelling.
The primary aim of the work is to better understand the behaviour of the solar wind magnetosphere interaction during space weather events. The work will focus on modelling the magnetospheric and ionospheric conditions that are associated with strong geomagnetically induced currents on the surface of the Earth. The work will involve using a variety of computer simulation codes developed in the physics department 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 Geological Survey (SWIGS) whose goal is to radically improve our understanding of how space weather affects ground-based technology through the production of geomagnetically induced currents.
Duties and responsibilities
The main duties will include:
- Investigating the nature and properties of geomagnetically induced currents in the framework of the global magnetospheric simulation code, Gorgon
- Implementing downscaling, enhanced terrestrial magnetic field models, and coupling to other simulations and datasets as appropriate
- Development of bespoke data visualisation tools and post-processing analysis enabling analysis of data from Gorgon and other simulation tools
You will need to have a PhD (for appointment at Research Associate level) or be about to obtain a PhD (for appointment at Research Assistant level) in Space Physics, or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience
You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
- A strong background and confidence in space plasma physics
- Experience in the field of computational simulations for planetary magnetospheres and/or solar atmospheres and/or laboratory plasma experiments analogous to the space environment
- Research experience in developing computer codes for data analysis or simulation post-processing
- Evidence of the ability to carry out original research and to produce first author scientific research papers
It is expected that you will use the position to develop your track record and research independence.
The position is available to start as soon as possible and available up to the grant end date of 2nd April 2021.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum
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