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Senior Research Associate in Space Plasma Environment And Radio Science (SPEARS) Group

Salary:   £31,020 to £35,938
Closing Date:   Sunday 22 July 2012
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A454

The Lancaster’s Physics Department is the top ranked physics department in UK (in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise). The Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) Group at Lancaster University is internationally-recognised and is at the forefront of the interdisciplinary field of space research.

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 characterizing 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 one of the areas of Space Physics, Ionospheric, Upper Atmospheric and/or Geophysics.

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.

This is a three year fixed term contract.

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Specific enquiries may be directed to Prof. Farideh Honary, Department of Physics, Tel +441524510402, Email

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