Guest scientist in space physics

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, IRF, in Kiruna, Sweden, invites applications for a guest scientist position for studies of the circulation and dynamics of ions of planetary origin (particularly O+) in the terrestrial exosphere. Both numerical simulation- and data analysis-oriented scientists are welcome to apply for the position.

The goal of the project is to understand the dynamics of ions of planetary origin in the magnetosphere, an issue which is crucial for understanding the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere. To achieve this goal, it is important to know the variation of the ion escape and its return processes. These are poorly investigated and this project will contribute to a better understanding of the present and past circulation of planetary ions, and consequently the evolution of the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Relevant experimental data are available from several satellite instruments for which IRF is PI or Co-I (for example the Freja and Viking hot plasma instruments and Cluster CIS/Rapid). The applicant is also encouraged to use data from other national and international sources. To understand the Earth, it is useful to compare with Mars and Venus. IRF is PI for the plasma instruments on Mars Express and Venus Express.

The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) for a one-year period, with a possible extension pending on available funding. The successful candidate will join the Solar Terrestrial Physics programme at IRF in Kiruna ( Enquiries about this position can be made to Dr Masatoshi Yamauchi (M.Yamauchi* , tel. +46 980 79120).

The applicant should have a PhD in space physics or a closely-related area, and should not be an active researcher at IRF in Kiruna. An ability to develop software for satellite data for statistical analyses or numerical simulation of particle motion is strongly desired.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating the applicant's research interests and relevant experience, names and contact information for two professional references, and copies of up to 4 selected publications. Applications should be sent to Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, 98128 Kiruna, SWEDEN (registrator* Please refer to "Dnr 31-272/07 Guest Scientist - Solar Terrestrial Physics". Closing date for applications is 30 November 2007.

Union: SACO Kiruna, Contact Person: Urban Brändström (urban.brandstrom*, +46 980 79126)
Union: Fackförbundet STF Kiruna, Contact Person: Herman Andersson (herman.andersson*, +46 980 79034)

Last Application Date: 2007-11-30

Created 2007-10-30 11:23:58 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2007-10-31 16:54:06 by Rick McGregor

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.