Project 8

Project description: This project aims is to develop a novel focused transport simulation model that allows simulations of SEP events in complex heliospheric situations. To achieve this, the model takes accurate input from heliospheric simulation EUHFORIA. The model will also include all most important transport processes 
More information of the project: Prof. Stefaan Poedts (stefaan.poedts (a)

Host: KU Leuven, Belgium. 
Secondment Host: University of Turku, Finland. 
Industrial Training: Hungarian Solar Physics Foundation, Gyula Bay Zoltán Solar Observatory, Gyula, Hungary (solar observations, 1 month), Space Applications Services (3 months; space weather monitoring).

Project specific requirements

Mobility rule: The applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline (see details for the MSCA mobility rule here). 

Preferred Skills: programming skills, experience with Python.
Desired Skills: Experience in the analysis and visualization of three-dimensional datasets, experience with HPC, knowledge of solar and space weather physics.

Host degree requirements: M.Sc. degree in physics, astrophysics or mathematics with at least cum laude (or another distinction, e.g. scientific publication). Student has to be officially accepted to the Arenberg Doctoral School.
Secondment host degree requirements:  Master’s Degree in physics/astronomy (with a minor in mathematics) or in applied mathematics (with a minor in physics), or equivalent. Student has to be officially accepted to the Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences.

Host language requirement: Proficiency in English is required (IELTS minimal general score 7 and no subscores below 6.5; TOEFL minimal general score 94 and no subscores below 22); If there is no official language test, the supervisor can confirm the English language proficiency, but the candidate may be required to follow an English language course during the first year of the PhD.
Secondment host language requirements:  see Language requirements for admission to the UTU Graduate School doctoral programmes.

Send your application: Stefaan Poedts ( and Rami Vainio (