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Dr Ravindra Desai

Ravindra Desai is an Ernest Rutherford Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics. He holds an Academic Visitor position at Imperial College London and an Honorary Researcher position at the British Antarctic Survey. He completed a PhD at University College London and has spent time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Ravindra's research focuses on fundamental plasma phenomena across the solar system and beyond. To this end he develops and uses a range of plasma simulation codes and is involved in a number of current and upcoming space missions. These include the Lunar Gateway Space Station, soon to launch into lunar orbit as part of the Artemis program, the SMILE mission which will image the global magnetosphere using X-rays, and Solar Orbiter which is observing the Sun from closer than ever before. He is also working with the UK MET Office to develop new space weather forecasting capabilities.

In 2023, Ravindra was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Winton Award for outstanding contributions in the field of space plasma physics and Higher Education Award for the outstanding supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also participates in the Nuffield Research Placement programme and in outreach with the Sun-Space-Art programme.


Currently available PhD opportunities:

  1. Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics - Available OpportunitiesLink opens in a new window 
  2. Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogenous Systems - HetsysLink opens in a new window

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Ravindra Desai
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL,

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Email: ravindra.desai AT