Senior Scientist in experimental space plasma physics

Senior Scientist in experimental space plasma physics

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a research institute specializing in basic research in space physics using advanced experimental, data analysis and theoretical techniques. IRF has a staff of about 110, of whom about 70 are located in Kiruna. IRF-Kiruna is currently involved in the following missions in orbit or in development phase: Mars Express, Venus Express, Bepi Colombo, Chandrayaan-1, SMART- and Double Star. The following missions are in data analysis phase: Cluster, Freja and Viking.

IRF announces a research vacancy in experimental space plasma physics. The work includes development of scientific instruments for planetary and magnetospheric missions and analysis of data from IRF’s space experiments. The work will be focused on the IRF instrumentation for the Chandrayaan-1 and Bepi Colombo missions to be launched 2007 and 2012 respectively. Applicants should be able to manage space hardware projects, including working closely with the IRF technical staff, and to supervise Ph. D. and M. Sc. students.

The position is in the Solar System Physics and Space Technology programme at IRF in Kiruna. The programme’s research is centered around studies of the environment and the solar wind interaction of solar system objects with focus on the inner planets and their moons. The programme focuses on experimental studies from satellites and space probes providing space hardware for numerous missions. The resources available for the programme include an experienced technical group as well as excellent laboratory and test facilities.

The applicant is expected to have a Ph. D. in space physics. Experience in hardware development of satellite-borne instrumentation is a strong merit, although not a requirement. Candidates with experience in computer simulations / data analysis will also be considered but are expected to be involved in satellite instrument development and operation.

The Senior Scientist position is a permanent position.

More information may be obtained from the Programme Head, Prof. Stas Barabash (, +46-980-79122. Union representatives are Urban Brändström (SACO), phone +46 980 79126 and Stina Andersson (TCO-ST/ATF), phone +46 980 79062. Information about the Solar System Physics and Space Technology programme is available at

Applications including a short (1 page) description of research interests, a full CV and publication list and the names of three professional referees, should be mailed to: The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Registrator, P.O. Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna Sweden.

The position commences on 1 August 2005. Screening of applications will begin on 9 May 2005 but the position will remain open until filled.

Last Application Date: 2005-08-01

Created 2005-03-31 14:16:15 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2005-04-13 11:44:54 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.