PhD student position in Solar System Physics

Vacancy for a PhD student for the project "Computer modelling of the solar wind interaction with Mars and Venus." Ref no. 134-129/08.

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for a PhD student position. The National Graduate School of Space Technology (at Luleå University of Technology) will support the position financially for a period of up to 5 years.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Solar Systems Physics and Space Technology programme (SSPT) at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna. More information about our research can be found at

The programme is a leading European group in the field of space plasma instrumentation and space plasma physics. The programme is currently participating in the ESA missions Mars Express, Venus Express, Rosetta and Bepi Colombo, as well as the Indian mission Chandrayaan-1 and the Russian Mars mission Phobos-Grunt. The programme's scientists are active in the areas of instrument development, space plasma simulations and data analysis.

The goal of the project is to increase our understanding of the interaction between the solar wind and planets, and its effect on planetary evolution. The focus is on the interaction between the solar wind and the unmagnetized planets Mars and Venus. The tool for this is world leading computer simulations of the interaction between the solar wind and planets, coupled with analysis of in-situ observations by our ASPERA instruments at Mars and Venus. A detailed description of the project can be found at (PDF file).

A prerequisite is a diploma or masters degree in physics, or in computer science with physics knowledge. All of the projects within the programme are international and thus excellent skills in English are required.

The application should include: Ref no. of the project, a personal letter, CV, copies of diplomas and grades, name and contact information for two referees (people who know your capabilities), and other relevant certificates and documents, for example regarding previous employment. It can be sent electronically to, or by mail to Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, P.O. Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna.

For further information contact Ass. Prof. (Docent) Mats Holmström, (mats.holmstrom*

Review of applications will start at once and continue until the position is filled (which may be prior to 2009-01-01).

Last Application Date: 2009-01-01

Created 2008-10-28 11:47:29 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2008-11-04 19:01:31 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.