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PhD Project in Solar or Magnetospheric Theory

Project Description

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group (SMTG) of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, has an opening for a fully funded PhD project for UK/EU applicants to start as soon as possible.

The SMTG is concerned with the investigation of fundamental plasma physics problems relating to the Sun and to planetary magnetospheres. The topic of the project would be selected from a wide range of solar or magnetospheric phenomena, including coronal heating, prominences, magnetic flux emergence, magnetic reconnection, magnetic helicity, magnetic waves and instabilities, solar flares and particle acceleration.

For more details about the group, please visit our website:

Applicants should have (or be about to complete) an undergraduate degree and/or taught postgraduate degree in (applied) mathematics or (theoretical) physics. Although the minimum requirement to be eligible for funding is a UK upper second class degree (or equivalent), past experience shows that successful applicants usually have a very good first class degree (or equivalent).

Although the application deadline is 1 February 2019, we will consider later applications until this PhD place has been filled.

Funding Notes

The project is funded by a Doctoral Training Grant of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and therefore subject to the usual UKRI eligibility conditions:

Candidates have to
a) have (or are about to obtain) at least an upper second class (or above) first degree in a subject area relevant for the project and
b) satisfy the citizenship/residency criteria (for details see View Website).

Only UK/EU applicants who satisfy these conditions should apply.

How good is research at University of St Andrews in Mathematical Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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