Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC)

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PhD Studentship

A PhD studentships may available at the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC), spanning across the Dept of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE), School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) and Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield in one of the areas of interest of the Centre:

  • Magnetoseismology of the solar atmosphere (from photosphere to corona)
  • Dynamics of MHD jets (from spicules to x-ray jets)
  • MHD wave theory with solar and astrophysical applications
  • MHD wave observations and Solar Magneto-Seismology (SMS)
  • MHD and plasma instabilities with applications so solar and solar-terrestrial physics
  • Heating of the solar atmosphere: waves, reconnection, etc.
  • MHD and collisionless shocks in the magnetosphere
  • Radiation belt modelling
  • Space Weather (flare and CME forecasting, arrival, etc.)
  • High-speed stereo Schlieren imaging and signal processing
  • Applying Machine Learning and AI techniques to solar and solar-terrestrial physics
  • Novel joint ground-based and satellite observations of the Sun.
SP2RC has wide expertise in advanced analytical and numerical modelling and analysing high-resolution observations obtained by cutting-edge ground-based instruments and space satellites. The studentship may be supplemented by an income from assistance in tutorials.

Applications are invited from Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Computer Sciences students who have graduated or expect to graduate with a first or upper-second class degree. RCUK rules apply for eligibility.

The studentship may be available commencing October 2019 depending on the departments involved. The screening of applications is continuous with an initial closing date of 26 April 2019. Applications after that date may also be considered until the position is filled.

For additional informal information, please contact Professor Robertus von Fáy-Siebenbürgen (Deputy Head of SP2RC): or, alternatively you are encouraged to approach any academic member of the Centre.