Vacancy – Post Doctoral position in Space Physics
A Postdoctoral research position is available at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Section as part of a new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded Space Science team led by Dr. Caitriona Jackman.
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Section at DIAS comprises more than 35 researchers working on a range of topics including Solar Physics, Space Weather, and Magnetospheric Science, with innovative analysis approaches including the latest in data analytics and machine learning. DIAS researchers use data from spacecraft including Cassini at Saturn, Juno at Jupiter, and WIND at Earth, and from telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. The group operate a number of instruments at the Rosse Observatory in Birr Castle, Ireland, and lead the I-LOFAR radio telescope project.
The postdoctoral position will focus on the dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere, specifically understanding the link between terrestrial radio emissions (including Auroral Kilometric Radiation) and the substorm cycle of dramatic energy release. The work will involve analysis of data sets from spacecraft including WIND, STEREO and Cassini, as well as indices which measure solar activity and substorm timings. The role is based at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in Dublin, Ireland. The results obtained from the work will be published in the scientific literature, and there is funding for local and international travel to present the work at conferences and workshops, and for collaborative visits.
Required candidate knowledge, skills and experience:
• Candidates should possess (or soon expect to possess) a PhD in Space Physics or a closely related discipline.
• A track record of publication in areas such as: magnetospheric physics, radio science, space weather
• Expertise in software programming and scientific data analysis
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
DIAS is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified talented candidates of all genders and backgrounds.
The deadline for applications is Friday February 21st 2020 at 5pm GMT.
Start date is flexible from July 2020 onwards, but no later than December 1st 2020. A contract for 2 years will be offered in the first instance, with opportunity for extension by 1 year thereafter, and a starting gross salary in the range from €37,222 to €43,029. Funds for conference travel and computer resources will also be available.
Interested candidates should apply online via the e-recruitment system. The application should include: a curriculum vitae including a publication list, plus a statement of research interests and career goals. The application should also include the names of two people who can act as referees.