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Simulating the Sun: Can We Predict Solar Storms ?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Magnetic fields permeate and structure the atmosphere of the Sun. These magnetic fields can be seen to vary from the smallest to the largest scales presently observable. One important property of these magnetic fields is that they contain vast amounts of energy which can be released during violent eruptions called solar flares or coronal mass ejections. Sometimes these eruptions are directed towards the Earth where they interact with the Earth Magnetosphere and cause disruptive space weather effects.

The goal of this PhD project is to develop and apply a new generation of data-driven mathematical models using the Magnetohydrodynamic Equations to quantify the evolution and build-up of energyin magnetic fields from the smallest to the largest scales on the Sun. In particular the project will apply and constrain the models against phenomena found in the solar atmosphere such as solar filaments, the Sun’s Open Flux and Coronal Mass Ejections. Through doing this the ultimate aim of the project is to be able to predict eruptions on the Sun.

The project is suitable for any Physics or Mathematics graduate who is comfortable with using computer systems. Knowledge of numerical techniques, Python or Fortan 90, MPI is desirable but not essential as training will be provided in these areas.

STFC funding is available for a PhD project on this subject to start immediately, subject to eligibility.

For more details about the group, please visit our website: http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/.

For information about the School and the application procedure in general, please see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/maths/prospective/pg/phdprogrammes/.

Funding Notes

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).

Eligible applicants will be considered for UK research council funding (STFC).

Applicants who will graduate from a Scottish university may be eligible to apply for Carnegie/Caledonian Scholarships (for details see View Website, please note the deadline on 16 Jan 2020!).

Applicants from the China may be eligible for funding by the China Scholarship Council (for details see View Website, deadline 6 Jan 2020!)

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.60

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