Postdoctoral position at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Lund

Solar Magnetic Activity: Topology and Predictions

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Institutet för rymdfysik, IRF) is a governmental research institute with 110 employees. It primarily carries out basic research, education and associated observatory activities in space physics, space technology and atmospheric physics. IRF has employees in Kiruna, Umeå, Uppsala and Lund, with the main office located in Kiruna.

The Lund office is pleased to announce the opportunity for a post doctoral position for studies of solar magnetic fields, LOS and Vector Magnetic Field Maps. For this position, topological methods are expected to be used for understanding the solar magnetic activity and dynamics. The understanding will then be used for developing predictions and operational forecasts. Data used are observed with SOHO/Hinode and 2009 with SDO. We will participate in the HMI/SDO Science team and collaborate with Stanford University. The Center for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University has a wide competence in topology and in applications of topological methods to dynamical problems.

IRF Lund operates the Regional Warning Center Sweden of the International Space Environment Center (ISES). We have extensive experience in using neu¬ral networks for operational space weather forecasts and have participated in several ESA space weather projects.

Lund is situated in the middle of the expansive Öresund region, with a total population of 3.5 million people. In 15 minutes you will be in Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, Copenhagen is 45 minutes away and it is a 1-2 hours flight to ESA/ESTEC, London, Berlin and Paris. IRF Lund is located in the high tech Ideon research park with close connections to Lund University, the biggest university in Scandinavia with 40 000 students, founded in 1666. This medieval city has positioned itself as a leading innovative center for groundbreaking research and industry. The research climate offers a unique opportunity for indi¬vidual vision, in a supportive and flexible team.

The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Board for a one-year period, with a possible extension pending on available funding. More information on the Solar Terrestrial Physics Research Programme can be found at Enquiries about this position can be made to Dr Henrik Lundstedt (, tel +46 46 2862120). Union representatives are Urban Brändström (SACO); tel +46 980 791 26 and Herman Andersson (ST) tel +46 980 79034.

Applications should include a CV, list of publications, names and contact infor¬mation for two professional references. Applications should be sent to the Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, 981 28 Kiruna, Sweden ( Please refer to “Dnr 35-40/08 Post doc – Solar Magnetic Activity”.

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2008.

Last Application Date: 2008-03-31

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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.