PhD Position in Solar Physics, Multi-Fluid Plasma Modeling with COOLFluiD
Catholic University of Leuven Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics

The Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) of the Department of Mathematics consists of four professors and many researchers (Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers) of various international background. CmPA participates in many national and international projects which has lead to an extensive international research network. CmPA has, among other things, an extensive expertise in 'computational magneto-fluid dynamics' and access to parallel computing facilities. The topic of the PhD fits within the area of solar atmosphere simulations and is associated to the C1 TRACEspace project.


  • You will do research in applied mathematics at the Centre of mathematical Plasma Astrophysics of the Department of Mathematics, leading to a Ph.D.
  • Your research will be about developing novel multi-fluid plasma models for studying phenomena in the solar atmosphere within COOLFluiD, ( a world-class open source platform for massively parallel multi-physics simulations entirely written in C++.
  • You are curious about investigating solar phenomena (e.g. magnetic reconnection, turbulence, wave propagation) and passionate about computational modeling.
  • You follow the doctoral program of the Arenberg Doctoral School
  • You will give exercise classes in mathematics for the courses taught by members of the Department of Mathematics.
  • You assist in the guidance of bachelor projects and master theses.
  • You assist in the organisation of workshops, conferences and other research and teaching activities.


  • You have a master degree in mathematics, physics, astronomy, or an equivalent degree with an important mathematics component.
  • You have a very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written.
  • You have solid programming skills with experience with C/C++ (preferable) and/or Python.


We offer a scholarship as a Ph.D. student in the Section Plasma Astrophysics of the Departement of Mathematics for one year funded by
the C1 TRACEspace project. This can be extended to four years after a positive evaluation. The four year period allows you to obtain a Ph.D. in


For more information please contact Dr. Andrea Lani, tel.: +32 16 32 74 94, mail: or Prof. dr. Stefaan Poedts, tel.: +32 16 32 70 23, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than June 07, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: June 7, 2020
  • Tags: Wiskunde
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