Job offer available in Scotland Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Solar Magnetohydrodynamics at University of Dundee

Fixed-term – up to 36 months 

The School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee is recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant within our Magnetohydrodynamics research group, to work on an STFC-funded project studying the acceleration of the solar wind.

The project aims to assess the contribution of interchange reconnection to the slow solar wind. This will involve analysing the 3D magnetic field topology of the Sun’s corona and designing and performing large-scale MHD simulations of interchange reconnection processes.

The School of Science and Engineering has an international reputation for excellent teaching and topical research, particularly in addressing global challenges in energy, the environment, health care, technology, forensic science and infrastructure. The School comprises the disciplines of Mathematics, Physics, Computing, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering as well as the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID).

Your priorities will include:

  • Undertaking research on the project, in collaboration with colleagues both within the research group in Dundee and further afield.
  • Attending conferences, travelling for research collaborations, and undertaking other duties required to facilitate progress in the project and dissemination of the results.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or applied mathematics by the start of the project.
  • The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and solar physics.
  • They will also have experience in computational MHD/hydrodynamics.
  • Experience in mathematical modelling of plasmas or fluids, or in solar physics observations, would also be beneficial.

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee – an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology.

For further information about this position please contact either Prof David Pontin ( or Prof Gunnar Hornig ( To find out more about our Magnetohydrodynamics research group please visit

The closing date for applications is 8th July. We anticipate that interviews for this appointment will take place in mid-July.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.


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