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Postdoctoral in Centre for Plasma Astrophysics at K.U.Leuven, Netherlands

The Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (CPA) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) accepts applications for one postodoctoral position within the framework of the SWIFF consortium funded by the European Commission within the FP7 program ( SWIFF encompasses 7 centers in 5 European countries.
The activities will focus on the development of physical-mathematical models, algorithm and software to study multiple scale processes in the solar corona (flares, CMEs), the propagation of the solar wind and its disturbances and the study of the magnetosphere and its connection with solar activity. The work will be theoretical, focusing on linking different fluid models (e.g. Hall MHD or twi fluid with MHD) and fluid with kinetic models. The work will be based on the extensive previous expertise in the field of high performance computing, space science and its application to space weather at the CPA and within the SWIFF consortium.
The selected candidates will have expertise in at least one of the following areas:
Solar physics, Magnetospheric physics,Solar wind,Expertise on computer programming with C, C++ or Fortran,Plasma physics, astrophysics or space physics, Numerical methods for fluid dynamics, MHD and kinetic physics particle in cell methods.

The researchers will have access to large parallel computer facilities and to a stimulating research environment within the CPA and the SWIFF consortium. The researchers will be employed by the K.U.Leuven, but collaborations with other centers of SWIFF are encouraged. The work place is Leuven, a historic university town (our university is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1425) located just 20 minutes from the center of Brussel and 15 minutes from the Brussel airport, making it easily reachable to international travelers. Leuven is an international city located in the Flemish (Dutch speaking) part of Belgium where English and French are spoken routinely in all places (from University and public offices to shops and entertainment venues).

Scholarship Application Deadline:2011-05-28

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PhD Student Position in Space Physics, Sweden

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study magnetic reconnection and related space plasma physics phenomena, in particular in the Earth’s magnetosphere, based on the latest scientific data. Magnetic reconnection is an important process in most astrophysical plasma environments; it leads to efficient, fast and often explosive-like conversion of magnetic energy into kinetic energy of plasma particles and to rapid reconfiguration of the magnetic topology. The new PhD student will work directly with experimental data from the international ESA multi-spacecraft mission Cluster. The new PhD student is expected to collaborate actively with several international experimental and theoretical groups studying magnetic reconnection.

The Space Plasma Physics Research Programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics has the main responsibility for the Electric Field and Wave (EFW) instrument on Cluster. We work with data from all instruments on Cluster.

Scholarship Application Deadline:25 March 2011

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Two Full-Time PhD in Physics and Astronomy, Australia: Physics & Astronomy – Unlocking the ultraviolet: ultrafast Cerium lasers

Two full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful ARC project DP110102754. Only one of these scholarships is available to a suitably qualified international student.
We have recently proved the enormous potential of a deep ultraviolet laser based on cerium-doped laser crystals – a relatively new widely tunable solid state laser material that has been called the “Ti:Sapphire of the UV”. We have now been awarded a major grant to develop a completely new ultrafast laser platform based on cerium, capable of generating few-femtosecond pulses in the ultraviolet. A UV source of this kind will drive new applications in fields such as attosecond science, plasma physics, and ultrafast chemistry.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 28 February 2011

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