The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory group is based within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. Click here to see a list of our recent publications.
We currently have 28 members of the group involved in different areas of observational and theoretical solar/magnetospheric research, including professors, teaching staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. We also have prestigious emeritus and honorary staff members who contribute to our research.
We are a large group of applied mathematicians who study the Sun and the Earth’s magnetosphere using mathematical modelling techniques. Observational data from satellites (e.g., SDOHinode, and Cluster) and from ground based observatories (e.g., Kitt PeakBig Bear and EISCAT) are used to constrain our models and improve the validity of our results. We also have close collaborations with the solar groups at Glasgow and Dundee.

Interested in a PhD on a solar-related topic?
See our Phd Positions page for more details.


    Our group has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in coronal heating. See the Vacancies page for more information.
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    Congratulations to Professor Ineke De Moortel who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society 2021 Chapman medal for her seminal work on the nature of…
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    Farewell to Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group postdoc Petros Syntelis. Petros came to the School in 2016 after completing his PhD at the University of…
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    Congratulations to Alan Hood on winning the Royal Society of Edinburgh Lord Kelvin Medal for his internationally commended work in theoretical and computational solar physics…
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    Professor Eric Priest of the University of St Andrews has been awarded the Senior Prize of the European Solar Physics Division of the European Physical…
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    The group will be hosting the latest Solar Orbiter discussion meeting on 13-14 January 2020. Further details can be found on the meeting website.
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The SMTG is advertising for an STFC-funded PDRA position in coronal heating to work with Ineke De Moortel and Alan Hood.

Start date 1 Nov 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, end date 31 March 2025. Further details, or to make an application:

Chinese-Led Solar Research Is Looking Bright – Eos

Alternatively to the PhD project

we wil also consider applicants for the following PhD project (also supervised by Prof T Neukirch):

Please note that only one of these projects will be funded.

The SMTG is inviting applications for 2 funded PhD projects for a start in Sep/Oct 2022, deadline 15 April 2022.

For details see:


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