Research Fellow in Terrestrial Substorms

University of Southampton - Astronomy Group

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow/Senior Research Assistant position on the topic of terrestrial substorms in the Space Environment Physics group at the University of Southampton. The project is funded by a NERC grant to study substorm energy, and will involve the use of space missions including Cluster. There is a possibility that the post could be extended subject to funding availability through the Southampton Consolidated Grant or additional sources.

The Space Environment Physics group forms part of the Astronomy group at Southampton. The two groups have wide-ranging international collaborations involving large ground-based facilities (e.g. EISCAT, SuperDARN, LOFAR, SALT) and space missions (e.g. Cluster, Cassini, MMS, THEMIS, INTEGRAL). The Space Environment Physics group has state-of-the-art optical instruments situated in the Arctic, which are used in conjunction with both radar and satellite observations to study magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, and in particular the physics of small-scale auroral processes. They are major users of the EISCAT radars, which measure the high latitude ionosphere. With recent appointments, the group's research has expanded to the large-scale dynamics of magnetospheres throughout the solar system with future plans for expansion into stellar magnetospheres. Physics and Astronomy are part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, one of the UK's top science faculties.

The salary is in the range £29,301 - £36,001 per annum, and is dependent on experience. The post is available from 1st March 2016. Informal enquires can be directed to Dr Caitriona Jackman ( This fixed-term post has an expected duration of approximately 7 months, dependent on salary level and experience.

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

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Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 811916WF on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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