PhD student position in Space Physics at IRF in Kiruna

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for a PhD Student position in Space Physics.

The project will develop particle and plasma simulation methods and models to be applied in the study of the solar wind interaction with planets and advanced modelling of satellite-borne particle experiments. The numerical simulations and algorithm development support the interplanetary missions that the research group is involved in, for example, ESA's Mars Express and Venus Express missions, as well as future missions to Mars, the Moon and Jupiter. More information on the research group can be found at:

The applicant is expected to have a MSc, or comparable academic degree, in physics or computational mathematics. Experience in scientific computing and knowledge of space physics is desirable. The PhD student should start not later than the second half of 2011, and will be enrolled at Umeå University. The position is in Kiruna and provides salary for four years of study, funded by the Swedish National Space Board.

For more information, contact Dr. Mats Holmström,, +46-980-79186.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter (one page) stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:
Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, email: (tel. +46 980 79061).
Reference: Dnr 31-98/11.

Screening of applications will start on 30 May and the position will remain open until it is filled.

Last Application Date: 2011-05-30

Created 2011-05-05 10:43:00 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2011-05-05 11:48:30 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.