Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics – Mars Express Data Analysis (dnr. 2.2.1-66/15)

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

Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics – Mars Express Data Analysis

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in Space Physics, related to the ESA Mars Express mission to Mars. The programme leads the ASPERA-3 plasma experiment on Mars Express.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position for studies of the induced magnetosphere of Mars and its interaction with the solar wind using particle data. The work mainly concerns data from the ASPERA-3 Ion Mass Analyzer (IMA). Use of data and collaboration with NASA's MAVEN mission is planned. A computer model of the Mars-Solar wind interaction is also available.

Previous work on atmosphere-solar wind interaction is a merit.

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2012 or later. However, if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree no later than June 2015 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Kiruna.

The position is placed in Kiruna and provides salary for 2.5 years, funded by the Swedish National Space Board.

For further information please contact:
Associate Professor Hans Nilsson, e-mail:, +46 980 791 27
Trade union representative:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 21

Closing date for applications is 24 April 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 sent, preferably by email, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-66/15

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: 2015-04-24

Created 2015-03-27 09:25:39 by Mats Luspa
Last changed 2015-04-02 10:56:26 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.