Monday, 9 July 2012

Vacancy: Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Coupling and Atmospheric Chemistry, Lancaster

A three year Senior Research Associate post is available in Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) group, Physics Department, Lancaster University. This vacancy is associated with a programme of research aiming to address energy and momentum coupling between the Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind which leads to the precipitation of charged particles into the upper atmosphere and generates odd nitrogen (NOx), influencing the chemistry and dynamics of the atmosphere. This is an important mechanism by which solar activity can influence the atmosphere beyond atmospheric waves and solar irradiance. The post is funded by NERC as part of the joint research programme between Lancaster University and British Antarctic Survey.

The research will involve characterising electron precipitation by exploiting measurements from two existing global arrays: riometer measurements of cosmic radio noise absorption (CNA) and changes of the sub-ionospheric propagation of very low frequency (VLF) radio waves.

Applicants should have a PhD in Physics and a demonstrated strength in the area of Solar-Terrestrial Physics. Lancaster University Physics Department is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Closing Date: Sunday, 22 July 2012.

Further information and online application can be found at http://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A454. Specific enquiries may be directed to Prof. Farideh Honary, f -dot- honary -at- lancaster -dot- ac -dot- uk.

Text: Farideh Honary. Photo: Wikimedia Commons (source).

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