PhD Position in Solar Physics

Catholic University of Leuven Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics

The Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) of the Department of Mathematics consists of five professors and many researchers (Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers) of various international background. CmPA participates in many national and international projects which has lead to an extensive international research network. CmPA has, among other things, an extensive expertise in the data driven MHD modeling. The topic of the PhD fits within the area of data driven modeling of coronal mass ejections, and it is in the synergy with the H2020 project EUHFORIA 2.0 and several other ongoing projects.


  • You will do research in applied mathematics at the Centre of mathematical Plasma Astrophysics of the Department of Mathematics, leading to a Ph.D.
  • Your research will be about the propagation of the CMEs and CME-driven shocks and forecasting their arrival to Earth.  You will study how the CME orientation and propagation direction influence the accuracy of the forecasted arrival time at Earth. For that you will employ observations (white light, radio etc.) and modeling. Data driven modeling will be done with EUHFORIA (EUropean Heliospheric FORecasting Information Asset), a space weather modeling tool developed at CmPA. The novel observations by Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter will be employed whenever this will be possible.
  • You are curious how different types of observations can be used for estimation of the arrival of the CMEs and CME-driven shock waves at Earth. You want to study both modeling and observations.
  • You follow the doctoral program of the Arenberg Doctoral School.
  • You will give exercise classes in mathematics for the courses taught by members of the Department of Mathematics.
  • You assist in the guidance of bachelor projects and master theses.
  • You assist in the organization of workshops, conferences and other research and teaching activities.


  • You have a master degree in mathematics, physics, astronomy, or an equivalent degree with an important mathematics component.
  • You are able to teach mathematics exercise classes in Dutch. If your knowledge of Dutch is not sufficient, we ask you to follow language training classes so that your knowledge is sufficient after two years.
  • You have a very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written.


We offer a scholarship as a Ph.D. student in the Section Plasma Astrophysics of the Department of Mathematics funded by the FLOF grant for one year. This can be extended to four years after a positive evaluation. The four year period allows you to obtain a Ph.D. in  mathematics.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jasmina Magdalenic, tel.: +32 16 19 45 48, mail: or Mrs. Dina Vanpaemel, tel.: +32 16 37 23 20, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 25, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: May 25, 2021
  • Tags: Wiskunde