Research Assistant/Associate in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Newcastle, GB
£28,331.00 - £32,817.00
Jun 24, 2020
Jul 24, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

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Salary: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00
Closing Date: 26 July 2020

The Role

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate to work with Dr Paul Bushby and Dr Toby Wood on a project that has recently been funded by the Leverhulme Trust: "Dynamo action driven by magnetic buoyancy: a new model for solar magnetism?". The goal of this project is to determine whether the key properties of the solar magnetic cycle could be explained by a hydromagnetic dynamo mechanism that is driven by magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the solar interior.

You will play an active role in the Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics research group. As a member of the group, you will contribute towards the development of an idealised model for this magnetic buoyancy-driven dynamo process, adapting an existing three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics code to carry out the necessary simulations on our high performance computing facility. This role requires a strong theoretical background in astrophysical fluid dynamics and/or magnetohydrodynamics as well as excellent numerical and communication skills.

This is a full time, fixed term position available for the duration of 3 years.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Paul Bushby,

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Key Accountabilities
• To assist with the development of a suitable model for the magnetic buoyancy-driven dynamo.
• Make any necessary adaptations to an existing Fortran code for the simulation of the equations of compressible magnetohydrodynamics in a Cartesian domain.
• To use high performance computing facilities to simulate this system and analyse the results of these simulations.
• To participate in the research activities of the Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics group in the School.
• To publish a number of high-quality research papers in journals of international standing.
• To present results at external meetings and seminars.
• Minor involvement in the teaching activities of the School, as mutually agreed.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Strong theoretical background in a relevant field, particularly astrophysical fluid dynamics or magnetohydrodynamics.
• Demonstrable capability for high quality research in a relevant area of astrophysics or applied mathematics.
• Excellent programming and numerical skills.
• Familiarity with numerical methods for solving differential equations.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, evidenced through contributions to national or international conferences.
• At least one peer-reviewed publication in a relevant field of research.
• Good time management skills.

Attributes and Behaviour
• Ability to communicate scientific results to a broad or non-specialist audience.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• To have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in applied mathematics, astrophysics, or a closely related subject.

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The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Requisition ID: 4846