[ASA] Postdoctoral Research Associate position: Computational Astrophysics for the Sun, University of Newcastle

David Pontin David.Pontin at newcastle.edu.au
Mon Aug 29 15:02:00 AEST 2022

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position working in computational astrophysics - with applications to the Sun and Solar Wind - at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The successful candidate will work with A/Prof David Pontin, and join a newly-established and growing group in Solar/Space Physics. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council through a grant on “Understanding the sources of the slow solar wind”. This will involve designing and performing large-scale magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the Sun’s atmosphere, and analysis of 3D magnetic field structures, magnetic reconnection, and plasma signatures. The project involves collaboration with colleagues at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Durham University.

As the ideal candidate, you are already working in solar physics or have a background in space or astrophysics. Either a finishing PhD student or candidate with previous postdoc experience in solar physics, astrophysics, (space) plasma physics, applied mathematics or similar subject, you will show:
- Demonstrated experience in high-performance computing relevant to modelling plasmas or fluids, and theoretical skills.
- An interest in understanding the solar corona and the fundamental physical processes that occur there.
- Proven ability to work proactively and independently to achieve research outcomes.
- Confident communication skills and enjoy interacting as part of a team or workgroup.

For the full advert and a link to the position description and application procedure, see

The position is available until the end of 2024, with possibility of extension up to three years, and the closing date is the 22nd of September (Australian time zone). Enquiries should be directed to David Pontin (David.Pontin at newcastle.edu.au<mailto:David.Pontin at newcastle.edu.au>)

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