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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the astrophysics group, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Del Zanna on a range of topics, to improve our understanding of the solar transition region and corona, by combining advanced models with new observations. The first is to make advanced atomic models of the solar transition region and corona available to the community. The second is to further develop the models and apply them to observations (e.g. SoHO/CDS and Solar Orbiter SPICE in the EUV and DKIST in the near infrared) to
measure the physical state of the plasma and improve our understanding of the formation of the main spectral lines. The third is to develop improved models and apply to Hinode EIS observations to measure the coronal magnetic field.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant area of solar
physics or atomic physics, and have an established track record of original
research and experience of working collaboratively. Previous experience in atomic
modelling and/or spectral diagnostics is important. Some knowledge of IDL/Python
programming would also be advantageous. A background knowledge in atomic physics is desirable.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. You will be expected to plan and manage your own research and administration, with guidance from academic staff. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area and participate to the outreach activities of the astrophysics group.

The position is available from 1 April 2023, with a flexible starting date (possibly earlier, otherwise after within a few months).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a curriculum vitae and a short description of your recent research, listing up to five publications (not to exceed two pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Further information about the Astrophysics Group can be found at

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting

Interviews are planned for the first two weeks of February.

Please quote reference LE34737 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Closing date

Feb 7th 2023

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