Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Ionospheric Outflow at Jupiter

Lancaster University
July 21, 2024
Offerd Salary:£38,205 to £44,263
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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Ionospheric Outflow at


Physics Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster, UK Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Full time, indefinite with end date Contract Closing Date: Sunday 21 July 2024 Interview Date: Wednesday 21 August 2024 Reference: 0619-24

An exciting new opportunity exists to work on an STFC-funded project investigating ionospheric outflow at Jupiter. The post is based in the Space and Planetary Physics (SPP) group within the Physics Department at Lancaster University with project partners at UCL. The position comes with funding for travel, computing, and opportunities for professional development. You will join us on an indefinite contract. The role is contingent on external funding that, for this position, ends 31 March 2027.

With the Juno mission currently in orbit, there have been many advances in our understanding of the Jovian system The importance of ionospheric outflow is an outstanding question with implications for atmospheric and magnetospheric dynamics. You will work to globally characterise Jupiter's ionospheric outflow though development of a 1-D numerical model in conjunction with 3D General Circulation Models of the thermosphere and the latest descriptions of the planet's intrinsic magnetic field structure.

People with skills in numerical modelling and a background in planetary physics, including magnetospheric and/or atmospheric expertise are particularly encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact project PI Dr Licia Ray ([email protected]) for further information about the position.

You will participate in project-aligned research and disseminate results through peer reviewed publications in high-impact journals. You will be encouraged to build collaborations with the national and international research community through attendance at conferences and workshops. SPP / Lancaster University offers opportunities to participate, engage, and benefit from training, further professional development and knowledge exchange opportunities.

You must have earned a PhD in space physics, atmospheric physics, or a related field, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience by the start date. Further criteria are given in the attached job description and person specification. To apply, you should submit (1) a curriculum vitae with publications list; (2) a research statement describing your suitability for the position as well as your current and future research interests, not to exceed 2 pages; and (3) a list containing contact information for 3 reference letter writers. Letters of reference will be requested from shortlisted candidates.

You will be joining a dynamic and diverse group of scientists studying space plasma environments throughout the solar system. Lancaster University Physics is strongly committed to an inclusive work environment, which includes fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

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