PhD student in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-16/15)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden is seeking a

PhD student in Space Physics

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna invites applications for a PhD student position in Space Physics, related to the European Space Agency Venus Express mission.

Venus Express is ESA’s first mission to Venus. After more than 8 years of operations, Venus Express has gathered a large dataset on the space plasma environment. In 2014, Venus Express completed a so-called aerobraking manoeuvre, during which it also obtained a unique dataset of low altitude samples. Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study the plasma environment in the vicinity of Venus, using data from IRF’s space plasma instrument ASPERA-4 (Analyser of Space Plasma and EneRgetic Atoms).

The PhD student will participate in analysing the data from ASPERA-4 collected in the Venusian ionosphere during unique low altitude spacecraft dives. The focus will be on understanding the electrodynamics of this region, which is critical for revealing how the space environment affects the Venusian atmosphere.

The applicant is expected to have a MSc (or comparable academic degree) in physics at the time of admission. Experience in scientific computing and knowledge of space physics is desirable. The PhD student should start during 2015, and will be enrolled at Umeå University (and must therefore fulfill the university requirement for a PhD student). The position is in Kiruna and provides salary for four years of study, funded by the Swedish National Space Board.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Yoshifumi Futaana, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 25

Trade union representative:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 21

Closing date for applications is 26 March 2015. 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 submitted, preferably by email, to, or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
Closing date: 26 March 2015.
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-16/15

If your application is sent by e-mail you should get a confirmation that we have received it. If you do not get the confirmation within three days, please contact the
registrar: +46 980-790 00.

Last Application Date: 2015-03-26

Created 2015-02-05 12:55:31 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2015-02-05 12:55:53 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.