Open PhD positions

Applications are invited for four PhD fellowships to join our team and investigate the physics of lightning discharges using computer models.

Lightning is one of the most spectacular and complex processes in the Earth sciences. Despite its prevalence, many fundamental questions around the lightning discharge remain unsolved. For example, we do not fully understand how a lightning channel progresses, and why it is often accompanied by bursts of energetic particles.

Recently the European Research Council (ERC) awarded a Consolidator Grant that addresses these questions from the computational side. The objective is to couple models for the many physical processes at work in a lightning stroke, such as gas heating and expansion, electrostatic interactions and high-energy processes.

To succeed in this task we need excellent researchers to join our team.

The position

The successful applicants will work at the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia (IAA), which is part of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the fourth largest European research organization by scientific output. The IAA is a reference center for research in Astrophysics and Atmospheric and Planetary Physics and is located in Granada, one of the most beautiful and lively cities in southern Spain, with an average of 118 clear days per year.

We offer three-year contracts with the possibility of extension for another one. The starting date is negotiable but expected to be around early 2017. The succesful applicants will work towards a PhD within the postgraduate program of the University of Granada. Founded in 1526, the University of Granada is ranked among the top 10 best universities in Spain.

The candidate

We look for motivated and creative researchers to join our team. The ideal candidate has a Master in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or a similar field and some programming experience (preferably in Python, Fortran or C/C++). He or she is also be motivated by problems in Scientific Computing, Plasma Physics, Electromagnetism and High-Energy Physics.


You can apply for this positions using this form.  Alternatively you can send your CV and a cover letter introducing yourself and explaining your motivations to A. Luque [aluque AT]. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.