Research Associate in Space Physics

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics. You will have an integral role in the delivery of the science goals of the SWIMMR Activities in Ground Effects (SAGE) consortium. SAGE (consisting of BGS, BAS, Imperial College and UCL/MSSL) will specifically address the impact of space weather on power grids, pipelines and similar infrastructure. SAGE will provide...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00803
  • Date posted 12 November 2020
  • Closing date 11 December 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics.


You will have an integral role in the delivery of the science goals of the SWIMMR Activities in Ground Effects (SAGE) consortium. SAGE (consisting of BGS, BAS, Imperial College and UCL/MSSL) will specifically address the impact of space weather on power grids, pipelines and similar infrastructure. SAGE will provide accurate now/forecasts of the ground magnetic and electric fields across the UK, and will make operational, at the Met Office, new UK forecasting capabilities. This will be based, in part, on Gorgon, Imperial’s first-principles physics-based global magnetospheric model.


 

Duties and responsibilities

You will produce independent and original research in the science areas of the SAGE project, including further development and optimisation of Gorgon code modules that forecast the ground geomagnetic field perturbation, and using high performance computing resources at Imperial and the Met Office to help implement Gorgon operationally. You will also present work at conferences and publishing in the peer-reviewed literature.

Essential requirements

You will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in the field of space physics
  • A strong background and confidence in space plasma physics
  • Experience in one or both of: (1) the analysis of in-situ measurements of space plasmas from spacecraft plasma and field data (2) the analysis of macroscale simulations such as the Earth’s magnetosphere or similar
  • Research experience in computer programming for data analysis or simulation post-processing
  • Evidence of the ability to carry out original research and to produce first author scientific research papers

Further information

Fixed term appointment until 31 March 2023

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

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role, please contact: Dr Jonathan Eastwood (Senior Lecturer in Physics) at jonathan.eastwood@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have any queries about the application process, please contact Ms Azra Sabadosh, Senior Section Administrator, at a.sabadosh@imperial.ac.uk

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

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About Imperial College London

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You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

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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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