Research Fellow in Solar Physics

Queen's University Belfast - School of Mathematics and Physics

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The Solar Physics Group is a vibrant, highly productive research team within the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC), currently comprising 3 academic staff, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 4 PhD students. Group members make extensive use of a wide range of solar satellites and ground-based telescopes. We constructed the Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere (ROSA) imaging system that can observe the solar atmosphere in as many as 7 wavelengths simultaneously, and with a cadence of up to 200 Hz. ROSA is currently at the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico USA. The Group also makes extensive use of image reconstruction techniques for the analysis of ground-based solar observations from ROSA and other instruments.

This post is available for one year and is located in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) within the School. The QUB Solar Physics Group is part of the UK-DKIST Consortium which will deliver the detectors for the DKIST instruments in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The successful candidate will work on the analysis and interpretation of observations form ground-based and space-borne solar facilities.  He/she will be responsible for contributing to project deliverables in a 
timely fashion.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD in Solar Physics, or a closely-related discipline, awarded at the time of taking the post.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience
  • Experience in the reduction and analysis of observations of the solar atmosphere from ground-based instruments.
  • Experience in the analysis of spectroscopic and spectropolarimetric datasets.
  • A number of high quality refereed publications in the research field, commensurate with stage of career.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the Centre can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis, email: or telephone: +44 28 9097 1339.

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 January 2018

Salary scale: £32,548 - £42,418 per annum (including contribution points)

Closing date: Wednesday 13 December 2017

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, 
Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.  Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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