Senior Research Associate in Space Weather Impacts

Lancaster University - Physics

A new opportunity exists to join the “Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems (SWIGS)” project. SWIGS is supported by a £3.8 million Highlight Topic grant awarded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to a collaboration of 10 UK universities and research institutions.Working with a comprehensive network of industry stakeholders, the objective of SWIGS is to upgrade existing or create new models that relate geomagnetically induced currents in power, pipe and railway networks to ionospheric, magnetospheric and solar wind conditions. 

This three-year post will be based in the Space and Planetary Physics group in the Physics Department at Lancaster University, working in close collaboration with the Mathematics and Statistics Department.The successful candidate will therefore work with diverse research teams including space physicists exploiting ground-based instruments and space missions to study the ionospheres and magnetospheres of Earth and the other planets, and statisticians developing statistical methodology to understand the behaviour of extreme events in real-life environmental applications.

The appointed researcher will conduct independent and collaborative research with the ultimate objective of developing forecast models of magnetic variations and geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) at ground level.This will be achieved (in close collaboration with project partners) by developing dynamical techniques, as in numerical weather forecasting, to investigate the links between models of the solar wind, magnetosphere and GIC.Furthermore, the project will include statistical characterisation of the relationship between extreme space weather and GIC to infer the likely future extremes of geomagnetic disturbances.

The Physics Department is holder of an Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status.The Mathematics and Statistics Department is holder of an Athena SWAN Bronze award.Both are strongly committed to fostering diversity within their respective communities as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our departments.

To apply, please complete the online application form, including a CV and full publication list.

Informal enquiries should be directed in the first instance to Prof. Jim Wild ( or Dr. Emma Eastoe ( 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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