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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of London

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: Grade 4/5, in the range of £40,223 – £49,785 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: 207
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 23 October 2023
Closing date: 31 December 2023

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About the Role

This is an opportunity to be involved in a research team, led by Dr Christopher Chen, to work on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) project “Exploring New Regions of Space: Fundamentals and Impacts of Astrophysical Plasma Turbulence”. This is a highly collaborative team effort, with interlinking (and flexible) projects, to understand both fundamental space/astrophysical/experimental plasma process and applied space weather research – including the fundamentals of turbulence, the role it plays in controlling heliospheric/astrophysical dynamics, and its largely unexplored role in space weather. The project involves cutting-edge observational data analysis, lab plasma experiments, theory, numerical simulation, and space weather modelling, so applicants with expertise in any of these areas (and interest in getting involved in the others) are encouraged. The FLF offers extensive dedicated career support for all team members.

About You

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Space, Astrophysical, Laboratory Plasma Physics (or related subject). They will have the skills and abilities to conduct and disseminate internationally high-quality innovative research. They will be highly motivated, demonstrate initiative, collaborate successfully towards team goals, and show commitment to research, academic life, and ethical working.

About the School

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences includes the Department of Physics and Astronomy which hosts world-class research centres across a range of areas in modern physics: Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Condensed Matter & Materials Science. It has 53 academic staff, 45 research staff, 85 PhD students, and runs successful undergraduate/postgraduate teaching programmes with ~400 students. It recently underwent a £12M refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art research/teaching facilities. The Space & Astrophysical Plasmas group is part of the Astronomy Unit, which also hosts leading groups in Cosmology and Planetary Physics, and has a long history of high-quality research, taking major roles in many large international projects.

In return, we offer 30 days’ leave per annum, access to a pension scheme, a season ticket loan scheme and competitive salaries. We also offer enhanced family friendly leave, and an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus. You will also work with a friendly team, with personal development opportunities.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of March 2024 onwards. The starting salary will be Grade 4/5, in the range of £40,223 – £49,785 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Christopher Chen, [email protected]

As part of your application please provide a research statement detailing previous achievements and future plans (2 pages maximum), plus a separate CV uploaded under the CV section.

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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