Software Engineer (dnr: 2.2.1-267/17)


The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for a software engineer specializing in embedded systems and scientific data processing to work at IRF’s office in Kiruna. You will be part of a successful research group that builds scientific instruments for spacecraft investigating the solar system.

Your main area of responsibility will include on-board software for various space instruments and related ground-data processing. Important tasks are design and test of software for space instrumentation, ground-support equipment, hardware test systems and on-ground data handling systems and pipelines. Focus will be on work related to the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) space mission, where we lead an international consortium to build and operate a scientific instrument on a spacecraft to Jupiter. The work involves international collaboration with other research institutes and space organizations such as ESA and NASA. Other relevant software tasks within the group's various projects may also be required.

You have a university engineering education to Masters level or equivalent in software engineering or electronics. Knowledge about, and experience of, work with realtime embedded systems and a Linux based open source development environment are highly desirable. Main languages used are C for embedded systems, C++ and Python for ground-based testing and data handling.

A knowledge of digital electronics, testing and evaluating electronics systems, and high reliability software is a strong merit.

You should be able to work independently. We have a large number of international contacts, so an ability to collaborate well both within the group and with various international groups is essential, as is a willingness to learn Swedish, if it is not your native language. You will be part of a small, tight-knit group of engineers specializing in mechanical design, analogue electronics, digital electronics and software for the instruments we build for various spacecraft. More information about the group’s activities can be found at

The position is permanent and placed in Kiruna.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Stas Barabash, e-mail:, +46-980-791 22
Trade union representative:
Gabriella Stenberg Weiser SACO-S, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 14
Stefan Karlsson, ST, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 29

Applications should include a CV, a short letter (one page) stating relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references. Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
or by email to:
Closing date: 12 November 2017
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-267/17

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: 2017-11-12

Created 2017-11-09 12:08:33 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2017-11-09 12:09:18 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.