Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Development of Structure in Sunspots

This PPARC-funded post is available from 1 October 2003, or as soon as possible thereafter, for up to 36 months, depending on age and experience. You will work with Dr A M Rucklidge as part of the astrophysical fluid dynamics group; the aim of the project is to study the development of structure in sunspots. You will be expected to develop axisymmetric and three dimensinal codes to investigate the onset of penumbral structure in sunspots, and to incorporate models of coronal heating into nonlinear convection calculations. You will also conduct comparisons between the numerical models and satellite observations of flows around sunspots and coronal activity above active regions. The overall aim of the project is to improve our understanding of the basic physical mechanisms that are responsible for the observed structure of sunspots.

You should have (or be about to complete) a PhD, and should have experience in numerical solution of partial differential equations. A background in magnetohydrodynamics, with particular emphasis on astrophysical fluid dynamics, would be useful. The group has extensive expertise in numerical techniques and access to high performance computing facilities.

Research IA (18,265 - 27,339 pounds p.a.)

Informal enquiries to, and application packs from:

Dr A M Rucklidge (A.M.Rucklidge at

Department of Applied Mathematics,
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
+44 113 343 5161

Applications forms are available online from Human Resources or here, and should be returned to Dr A M Rucklidge at the above address, along with a CV and the names of three referees. Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Form.

Job ref 051-095-004-027 Closing date 16 May 2003

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