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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (up to 2 positions)

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £36,348 - £42,592 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL30745
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 26 October 2022
Closing date: 18 December 2022

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About the Role

This is an opportunity to be involved in a new research team, led by Dr Christopher Chen, to work on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) project “Exploring New Regions of Space: Fundamentals and Impacts of Astrophysical Plasma Turbulence”. This is a highly collaborative team effort, with interlinking (and flexible) projects, based on investigating plasma turbulence, both as a fundamental process in space/astrophysics/experiments, and also its variety of impacts, from controlling the large-scale dynamics of heliospheric/astrophysical systems, to its largely unexplored role in space weather. The project involves cutting-edge observational data analysis, lab plasma experiments, theory, numerical simulation, and space weather research, so applicants with expertise in any of these areas (and interest in getting involved in the others) are encouraged. The FLF offers extensive dedicated career support for all team members.

About You

The successful candidate(s) will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Space/Astrophysical/Laboratory Plasma Physics (or related subject). They will have the skills/abilities to conduct/disseminate internationally high-quality innovative research. They will be highly motivated, demonstrate initiative, collaborate successfully towards team goals, and show commitment to research / academic life / ethical working.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences includes the Department of Physics and Astronomy which hosts world-class research centres across a range of areas in modern physics: Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Condensed Matter & Materials Science. It has 53 academic staff, 45 research staff, 85 PhD students, and runs successful undergraduate/postgraduate teaching programmes with ~400 students. It recently underwent a £12M refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art research/teaching facilities. The Space & Astrophysical Plasmas group has a long history of high-quality research and is part of the Astronomy Unit, which also hosts leading groups in Cosmology and Planetary Physics, taking major roles in large international projects.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of January 2023. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £36,348 - £42,592 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Christopher Chen,

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. In addition to completing the form, in which details for up to three referees should be given, a separate research statement (detailing previous research achievements and future plans, 2 pages maximum) and a CV should be attached.

The closing date for applications is 18 December 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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