Research Associate in Space Physics
Imperial College London Department of Physics
United Kingdom

Job summary

Applications are encouraged for a Research Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00908
  • Date posted 28 April 2021
  • Closing date 30 May 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are encouraged for a Research Associate within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics.

Duties and responsibilities

You will have an integral role in the delivery of the science goals of the Horizon 2020 project SERPENTINE. SERPENTINE investigates the acceleration and transport of particles in the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events posing the greatest space weather risks. The key data comes from the most recent space missions, i.e., Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe and BepiColombo, which have opened completely new avenues into inner-heliospheric physics. The SERPENTINE team includes members from six European institutes and is led by the University of Turku. Imperial is leading the investigation on the role of interplanetary shocks in the particle acceleration, making the most of our involvement in the new missions as we enter this exciting new era.

You will produce independent and original research in the science areas of the SERPENTINE project and support the international team effort by characterising the in-situ properties of interplanetary shocks and their nearby environment. You will also present work at meetings, conferences and publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Essential requirements

You will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in the field of space physics or a closely related subject area
  • A strong background and confidence in plasma physics, preferably space plasmas and shock waves
  • Experience in data analysis, preferably in the analysis of in-situ measurements of space plasmas from spacecraft plasma and field data
  • Research experience in computer programming for data analysis
  • Practical experience within a research environment

Further information

Where Imperial or funder conditions necessitate, you will be required to complete timesheets for your work on projects in a timely manner.

It is encouraged that you will use the position to advance your professional development.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role, please contact: Prof Tim Horbury (Professor of Physics) at or Dr Heli Hietala (Royal Society University Research Fellow) at

Should you have any queries about the application process, please contact Ms Ciara  Mulholland, Senior Section Administrator, at

For any technical queries during the application process please contact:

The Department of Physics is an IOP JUNO Champion and an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner.  

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.  

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