Research Associate in Solar Wind Plasma Physics

17 May 2017

We seek to appoint a scientifically productive post-doctoral scientist to undertake research in the area of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies which are relevant to our preparations for the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter mission.  UCL/MSSL is the Principal Investigator institute for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) suite of instruments for this mission.  The appointee will be expected to use relevant data from current or previous missions to perform scientific investigations prior to the availability of the state-of-the-art SWA data which will be collected by Solar Orbiter following launch in 2019.

The appointee will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider group scientific activities, including more general preparations for future space plasma research missions.  The post is available immediately, through to the end of March 2019 in the first instance, with a possible extension thereafter subject to obtaining funding through renewal of the post under the MSSL Solar System Research Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or through additional national or international funding sources.  

MSSL is the UK’s largest university based space science research institution and is involved in many leading space research missions (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/space-plasma-physics).

The Department of Space and Climate Physics is currently applying for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in higher education and research.  UCL has a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and a Bronze award under ECU’s new Race Equality Charter for higher education; UCL is the only university to have both. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Christopher J. Owen (c.owen@ucl.ac.uk), Dr. Robert Wicks (r.wicks@ucl.ac.uk) and/or Prof. Andrew Fazakerley (a.fazakerley@ucl.ac.uk) 

A detailed job description can be downloaded

Further Particulars

Duration of Employment

This appointment is available until the end of March 2019 in the first instance, with the potential for renewal under the MSSL Consolidated Grant.

Starting Date

The post is available immediately, with negotiable start dates.  


The salary will be in the range £31,076-£38,183, dependent on experience.

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