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Research Associate in Space Plasma Physics

17 July 2018

We seek to appoint a scientifically productive research associate to undertake research in the general area of magnetospheric physics but with emphasis on the magnetospheric substorm, auroral physics or radiation belts. This project is expected to utilise state-of-the-art data from the NASA THEMIS, Van Allen Probes and MMS missions, and ESA Cluster auroral acceleration region campaigns.

The Space Plasma Physics group is a growing group within Mullard Space Science Laboratory at the forefront of magnetospheric and solar wind research in the UK. Currently, we have four Academics, two independent research fellows, three research associates and five PhD students. We are the PI group for the PEACE instruments on Cluster and Double Star, and the Solar Wind Analyzer suite on the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission, and the PI institute of the SMILE mission and Lagrange in-situ instrument package.

The applicant will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider group scientific activities including preparations for future space plasma research missions. This position also offers the opportunity for travel for the postholder to present their work at relevant national and international conferences and workshops. The post is initially funded for a two-year period, with a possible extension subject to funding availability through the MSSL Consolidated Grant which is currently under review.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL is the UK's largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments.

The Department is family friendly and applications would be welcome from applicants seeking part-time opportunities. The Department is currently applying to become an Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner, and is currently a Juno supporter. The aim of Project Juno is to recognise and reward physics departments, schools, institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff.

Job Title: Research Associate in Space Plasma Physics
Grade: 7
Salary: £31,604-£38,833 Location: Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury St Mary, Surrey

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