Temporary Research Engineer at IRF in Lund

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a government agency that conducts research and postgraduate education in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of IRF's projects are run as large international projects in collaboration with other research institutes and space agencies. IRF has about one hundred employees and offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF:

Do you want to work with researchers studying aspects of the sun, the solar corona and the space environment, including the solar wind's interaction with satellites, the earth and its magnetosphere? IRF in Lund is looking for a

Temporary Research Engineer

The project aims at providing a real-time web-based service for the monitoring and forecast of space weather related to geomagnetic disturbances over Europe. The disturbances give rise to geomagnetically induced currents in electrical power grids. The service will be implemented as part of Regional Warning Center - Sweden (RWC), based at the Lund office within the Swedish Institute of Space Physics. Currently there are 14 RWCs around the world.

The work to be carried out:
• Implement automatic processes and algorithms relating to data download and model runs.
• Implement data processing to/from SQL database.
• Implement a web service displaying observed and forecast data.

• At least a Master of Science in Physics or Engineering or equivalent.
• Knowledge about space weather is essential.
• Experience in UNIX (bash), SQL, and web services is essential.
• Experience in software such as Java SE, Java EE, GlassFish, PHP, JavaScripts, C/C++, Matlab, Python.

A temporary employment during the period of 2013-09-01 – 2014-02-28.

Dr Peter Wintoft, 046-286 21 21,

Union representatives:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO, 0980-790 21,
Salme Pokka, ST, 0980-790 09,

Applications must include a cover letter, CV, relevant certificates and contact information for two referees. Applications must be received by IRF by 29 August 2013 and the applicant should be prepared to take up the position in September 2013. Send your application preferably by email to, or otherwise by regular mail to the registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, 981 28 Kiruna.

Reference number: 2.2.1-166/13

Last Application Date: 2013-08-29

Created 2013-08-19 16:41:41 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-08-19 16:46:00 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.