Shahin Jafarzadeh

Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany


I am currently a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany, a visiting researcher at the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and an affiliated researcher at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS), Norway. My work delves into the dynamics of the Sun's lower atmosphere, with a particular emphasis on how magnetic fields and wave activity contribute to the solar atmosphere’s heating. Integral to my research is the application of ‘big data’ techniques, blending astrophysics with data science to deepen our understanding of solar phenomena and their impacts on Earth (i.e., space weather). I am co-founder of the WaLSA team and actively contribute to several international committees. Moreover, I have a wealth of experience in solar (and stellar) observations, have a proven track record in supervising MSc and PhD students, and am deeply committed to passionately engaging in public outreach activities.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Interests

  • Solar Physics, predominantly focused on studies of magnetic-field dynamics and (magnetohydrodynamic) wave activity in the lower solar atmosphere
  • High-resolution observations of the solar atmosphere from diverse ground-based and space/balloon-borne observing facilities
  • Data analysis and image processing, particularly linked to ‘big data’, as well as applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Interdisciplinary research, bridging astrophysics, plasma physics, mathematics, computer science, and instrumentation design

Employment History

  • Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, 09/2021–01/2022 & 06/2022–present
  • Research Scientist, Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), Germany, 02/2022–05/2022
  • Researcher, Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS), University of Oslo, Norway, 12/2016–08/2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway, 2013–2016
  • PhD/Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, 2010–2013
  • USO-SP Marie Curie Fellow, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway, 2009

Higher Education

  • Dr.rer.nat. (PhD), Astronomy with Solar Physics (summa cum laude)
    Institute for Astrophysics, Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany, 2013
  • MSc, Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Lund Observatory, Lund University, Sweden, 2009
  • BSc, Physics with Astronomy
    Biruni Observatory, Shiraz University, Iran, 2001

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