Research Associate in Electromagnetic Induction in Planetary Bodies

Salary: £46,593 to £54,630 per annum
Location: South Kensington Campus
Job Ref: NAT01736
Full time, fixed term

We seek a Research Associate with experience of electromagnetic induction in the Earth or other planetary bodies for the STFC-funded ICICLES ("Investigating Induction in Cryospheres with a Lander for Electromagnetic Sounding") project.

You will work at Imperial College London's Space Magnetometer Lab - a world leading centre of excellence that has designed and built magnetometers currently flying on several European Space Agency (ESA) missions, including Cluster, Solar Orbiter and JUICE - supporting the design specification and development of a remotely-operated prototype magnetotelluric (MT) lander with autonomous capability to collect electric and magnetic field data on the surface of icy moons from initial breadboarding through to evaluation and testing in terrestrial glacial environments.

Duties and responsibilities

You will support the PI, Fiona Simpson and engineering team (headed by Patrick Brown) of the STFC-funded ICICLES project in designing, developing and field testing a prototype MT lander for icy moons. You will also carry out data processing and numerical modelling of measured and synthetic MT data.

Essential requirements

You should hold:

  • A PhD (or be near completion) in Physics, Engineering, Earth Science or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrable research experience in the field of electromagnetic induction in the Earth and/or other planetary bodies.
  • Magnetotelluric field experience, preferably in a glacial environment and/or experience of building and testing scientific equipment.
  • Computer programming skills.
  • An ability to organise overseas geophysical fieldwork.
  • A willingness to travel overseas for fieldwork and conferences.
  • A collaborative attitude and good oral and written English communication skills.

Further Information

This is a full time, fixed term position for two years. You will be based at South Kensington Campus.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant.

Should you require any further details of the role please contact Dr Fiona Simpson:

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Closing date: 17th June 2024

posted: 21 May 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.