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Research Associate in Solar Physics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019281

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/08/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 October 2022 until 31 March 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

This short-term Postdoctoral Research Associate post in Solar Physics is for 6 months, with the likelihood of a short extension, funded by a STFC consolidated grant.  

The research project addresses fundamental questions concerning waves and oscillations in the flaring solar corona, seeking to understand the relationships between magnetic reconnection and waves. We have demonstrated that oscillations naturally arise during flares in a twisted loops, in the absence of external driving, with properties similar to observed Quasi Periodic Pulsations in flares. The processes by which reconnection produces waves and oscillations have been elucidated through simulations of merging twisted flux ropes. The appointee will develop one aspect of this work dependent on their interests and expertise, utilising 3D magnetohydrodynamic simulations and/or test-particle models, analysing and visualizing the results, and comparing with observations. The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent in theoretical solar physics or plasma physics and experience of numerical simulations, preferably magnetohydrodynamics. 

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Philippa Browning


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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