Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Plasma Astrophysics/Laser-Plasma Physics.
The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.
This project will be concerned with the exotic material properties of magnetised, weakly collisional plasmas. Such plasmas are commonly present in inertial-confinement fusion experiments and also in many extreme astrophysical environments (such as the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters or black hole accretion flows), but their material properties (e.g. viscosity and resistivity) are inadequately understood. This project, which is part of a wider effort to construct theoretically grounded, experimentally tested models for these properties, will involve designing, running and analysing a suite of local kinetic simulations of plasmas that will systematically characterise a subset of these properties. The main goal is to extract reduced models (using either traditional fitting or more modern machine-learning approaches) that are suitable to be included in global modelling of astrophysical plasma environments and laser-plasma experiments. This is a unique opportunity for an early-career researcher to gain experience in an exciting area of theoretical plasma astrophysics research, as well as to become involved with supporting international collaborations that are performing state-of-the-art experimental research in laser-plasma physics.
The successful candidate will carry out kinetic simulations of plasmas, analyse their results, and construct reduced models of key material properties. Depending on their interests and qualifications, they may also assist in the design of future laser-plasma experiments testing their models. There will be scope for shaping one’s own research direction(s) and pursuing own ideas.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, engineering or a related field, and ideally a strong background in plasma physics, laser physics, and/or astrophysics.
Previous experience with high-performance computing will be an advantage.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Archie Bott (email@example.com).
Only applications received before midday (UK time) on the 3rd of January 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.