British Geological Survey (BGS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is the UK's premier geo-science strategic mapping and research organisation. BGS are offering a 3 year post doctoral research position based at our office in Edinburgh, working within the NERC Research Associate Training Programme.
During the appointment, the successful candidate will support BGS research, together with European scientific colleagues, within the EU-funded 'European Risk from Geomagnetically Induced Currents' (EURISGIC) space weather hazard project. This major new project will investigate how space weather impacts the European-wide electrical power network. EURISGIC provides an outstanding opportunity to undertake cutting edge scientific research and apply it to a 'real-world' problem. She or he will also undertake more general research leading to improved scientific understanding of geomagnetic and space weather hazard and you will apply the results of that research to improve products and services, provided by BGS to the electrical power industry, to the academic community and for others.
The image shows the estimated Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) flow in the UK at 252 major transformers on 30th October 2003 at 21:24 h. Red/blue denotes current flowing to/from the Earth; the spot size is proportional to the current.
For more information, please consult the vacancies page of BGS, or download this announcement as PDF.
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 31 July 2011.
Image: British Geological Survey/Lancaster University/Katie Turnbull.