Dynamics of Saturn’s Aurora at Lancaster University - SpaceCareers.uk

Dynamics of Saturn’s Aurora

Lancaster University PhD 3.5 years Lancaster, UK

Job Description

Project Description
The Space and Planetary Physics group at Lancaster University is seeking a candidate to work on a PhD project on Saturn’s auroral dynamics. The project will explore the origin and variability of Saturn’s auroral emissions using an extensive archive of observations made by the Cassini mission and the Hubble Space Telescope. The aurorae are caused by the precipitation of energetic particles into the upper atmosphere. The emissions are known to respond strongly to the solar wind conditions that envelop the magnetosphere, however, they are also controlled by the processes associated with the planet’s rotation. This project will aim to characterise the auroral features, identify their driving mechanisms, and understand how their occurrence depends on the external and internal magnetospheric conditions. This will be achieved by analysing images and spectra of the aurora made by Cassini and the Hubble Space Telescope, and comparing with other Cassini instrument measurements of
the magnetic field and particles.

Funding Notes and Contact
The PhD starting date is 1 October 2017. Funding is for 3.5 years and is available to citizens of the UK and the European Union and it covers the full fees and standard RCUK stipend.

The Physics Department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Please contact Dr. Sarah Badman for further information. For more general information about PhD study in Physics at Lancaster please contact our postgraduate admissions staff at py-pgadmiss@lancaster.ac.uk. You can also apply directly at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/how-to-apply/ stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor.

Applications will be considered until the post is filled.

Person Specification

The successful candidate should hold a minimum of a UK MPhys Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a Physics-based subject. The candidate is expected to successfully work as part of a team, with good inter-personal skills and to successfully complete research project suitable for the award of a PhD in Physics including publications in high impact peer-reviewed articles.



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