UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Job Vacancies

Details of currently available positions at MSSL are detailed below. Please note that unfortunately we cannot take unsolicited applications for jobs.

Current Vacancies:

Associate Professor in Exoplanets

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an for an Associate Professor position in the field of Exoplanets within the Astrophysics Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), UCL.. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue a vigorous research programme to boost the fast-growing exoplanet research environment at MSSL. This already includes a strong involvement in ESA's PLATO satellite mission and a new exoplanet research group led by Dr Vincent Van Eylen, as well as a strong Solar System research component. In addition, ESA's Ariel mission is led from our sister Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL. Applicants should have internationally leading research records, and we are particularly interested in candidates who can maximise the scientific return from our substantial involvements in PLATO. The candidate will also fulfill a teaching responsibility at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

MSSL is the UK's largest university-based space research group, delivering a broad, cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation. Our scientific research ranges from cosmology and the study of extra-galactic objects, to studies of the Sun, the planets and their moons, and the Earth. Details can be found on www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl

UCL is strongly committed to diversity within the community along a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can contribute to such an environment, and/or have demonstrated leadership toward building an inclusive environment.

This is a full-time, open ended position and the start date will be 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible after that.

Further details on this position and how to apply can be found on the UCL jobs page.

Research Fellow
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to join the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) to undertake research in the area of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies of solar wind that are relevant to the ESA Solar Orbiter 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 the launch in February 2020. 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 funded under the MSSL Consolidated Grant from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2022. There is a possibility of extension subject to the successful renewal of the funding in 2022. The post is available immediately.  
The closing date for applications is 3rd April 2020.
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