Post Doc in Numerical Solar Physics

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Mathematics


At our Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA, Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven), research concentrates on fundamental, theoretical, as well as computationally driven research, targeting solar and astrophysical plasma dynamics. This project will make a clear link between several ongoing research activities at the CmPA in the team of Prof. Keppens. This team is strengthened by the ERC advanced grant PROMINENT, and is responsible for the continued development and usage of the open-source MPI-AMRVAC tool [].


We seek a postdoc, preferably with some experience in numerical magnetohydrodynamic simulations [or at the very least, a sincere interest in learning High Performance Computing skills], to perform dedicated simulations of solar atmospheric phenomena involving prominences and flares. (S)he will be contributing to the development and application of our open-source MPI-AMRVAC code [], in use by dozens of researchers worldwide. The postdoc will become a team player in the ongoing ERC project PROMINENT. A postdoc position at the Department of Mathematics involves limited teaching assistant duties.


  • Motivated to perform state-of-the-art computational solar physics research;
  • Interested in numerical algorithms and their intrinsic limitations;
  • Familiar with basic magnetohydrodynamic theory;
  • Interested in working with fellow postdocs, PhDs and master students.


We offer a postdoc position for 2 years, with a possibility to extend the contract for a final third year, after positive evaluation. Ideal startdate is september 1st 2021 (negotiable). 


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Rony Keppens, tel.: +32 16 32 70 01, mail: or Mrs. Dina Vanpaemel, tel.: +32 16 37 23 20, mail:

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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: July 16, 2021
  • Tags: Wiskunde

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