ERC advanced grant PROMINENT (PI Rony Keppens)

In the context of the ERC PROMINENT project, we will build up a team effort to unravel the secrets of Solar Prominences: How, where and why does the million degree solar corona spontaneously form these gigantic structures? What causes the fine-structure throughout the prominence body, and what is the role of solar tornadoes often found at their feet? How do they relate to coronal rain and can we model their entire lifecycle from formation to eruption? From 1st September 2019 to end of August 2024, a dedicated team effort led by Prof. Keppens and embedded within the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at KU Leuven sets forth to guide, interpret, and confront solar prominence activity in upcoming observations.


The following positions are to be filled before or on 2020, January 1st


[PhD position] [Postdoc position 2(+1) years] [Postdoc position 2(+2 or 3) years]
  • PhD position This PhD will study thermal instability development in solar coronal context. It involves theoretical, analytical and numerical work where thermal condensations in stratified media are investigated. For this PhD position, a master in mathematics, physics or astronomy (or closely related subject) is required. The candidate will be hired at first on a one year scholarship, to be extended to the nominal 4 year PhD period (including the scholarship term) after positive evaluation. Applicants must prepare a motivation letter, CV, a transcript of master course results and the names of two referees. Applications must follow the online procedure at this link
     
     
  • Postdoc position 2(+1) years This position will use our state-of-the-art open source software MPI-AMRVAC (see amrvac.org) to study data-driven models of flux ropes hosting prominences. Expertise with magnetic field extrapolations, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modeling, or with multi-wavelength data analysis of coronal dynamics is desirable. The candidate must have a PhD in mathematics, physics or astronomy (or closely related subject). This position is offered for two years, with a possibility for extension with one year after positive evaluation. Applicants must prepare a motivation letter, CV, a list of publications, and the names of three referees. Applications must follow the online procedure at this link
     
     
  • Postdoc position 2(+2 or 3) years This postdoc is intended to play a prominent role in the development of, support for and application of our MPI-parallelized, open source Fortran code MPI-AMRVAC (see amrvac.org) and its suite of python-based post-processing tools. Here we seek to fill a strategic position hosted by our CmPA division that may outrun the 5 year project duration, but the successful applicant will initially be hired for a two year term, extendable for another two or three years after positive evaluation. Demonstrated experience with High Performance Computing, numerical algorithm design and implementation, and/or computational fluid, plasma or MHD dynamics is essential. Knowledge of Fortran, python, and MPI is desirable, although any relevant software development will be appreciated. This position requires successfull candidates to have a PhD in either of computer science, mathematics, physics or astronomy (or closely related subject). Applicants must prepare a motivation letter, CV, a list of publications, and the names of three referees. Applications must follow the online procedure at this link
     
     
  • For further info on these positions, please contact: Rony Keppens (rony.keppens AT kuleuven.be)

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