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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 PhD project starting at the beginning of the academic year 2019/20.

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:

For information about the School and the application procedure in general, please see:

Informal enquiries should be made to the Head of the SMTG, Prof. Alan Hood () or to Prof. Thomas Neukirch ().

Funding Notes

Potential sources of funding are UK research council funding (STFC; awaiting funding decision and subject to eligibility criteria) and funding by the School of Mathematics and Statistics (subject to availability and awarded in competition with all PhD applicants of the School).

Applicants should have should have (or be about to complete) an undergraduate degree and/or taught postgraduate degree in (applied) mathematics or (theoretical) physics. Past experience shows that successful applicants usually have a very good first class degree (or equivalent).

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