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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Space Plasma Physics - QMUL25390

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25390
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 06-Jul-2021
Closing date: 20-Aug-2021

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About the Role

This is a postdoctoral position to work on the project “Plasma Dynamics of the Inner Heliosphere” funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant. The project involves the use of Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter and other spacecraft data to study turbulence and related plasma processes near the Sun – how they operate and the role they play, and involves comparison with theory and numerical simulations. There is also scope for the postdoctoral researcher to develop their own related research interests.

About You

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Space Plasma Physics or a closely related subject, or equivalent research experience. They will have the skills and abilities to conduct high-quality innovative research and to successfully disseminate this to the international community. They will be highly motivated and able to demonstrate initiative, as well as a commitment to research, academic life, and ethical working. Desirable qualities include experience in spacecraft data analysis, plasma theory, and/or numerical simulations.

About the School

The School of Physics and Astronomy hosts world-class research centres across a range of areas in modern physics: Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Condensed Matter & Materials Science. The school has 53 academic staff, 45 research staff, 85 PhD students, and runs successful undergraduate/postgraduate teaching programmes with ~400 students. The school recently underwent a £12M refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. The Space & Astrophysical Plasmas group has a history of high-quality research going back to the pioneering work of Vincenzo Ferraro in the 1950s and is part of the Astronomy Unit, which also hosts leading research groups in Cosmology and Planetary Physics, with its members taking leading roles in major international projects.


The application should be submitted using the link below. In addition to completing the application form, in which the details for up to three referees should be given, a research statement (detailing previous research achievements and future plans, 2 pages maximum) and a CV should be attached.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

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 October 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, 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. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Christopher Chen at  

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 20 August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly after.


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