PhD Student Position in Space Physics

PhD student position in Space Physics related to Magnetic Reconnection at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study the generation of electromagnetic emissions at magnetic reconnection sites in space and, in particular, in the Earth's magnetosphere based on the latest scientific data. Magnetic reconnection is an important process in most astrophysical plasma environments leading to efficient, fast and often explosive-like conversion of magnetic energy into kinetic energy of plasma particles and rapid reconfiguration of magnetic topology. The new PhD student will work directly with experimental data from the international ESA multi-spacecraft mission Cluster. The new PhD student is expected to collaborate actively with several international experimental and theoretical groups studying magnetic reconnection.

The Space Plasma Physics Research Programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics has contributed the Electric Field and Wave (EFW) instrument on Cluster. We work with data from all instruments on Cluster, and in particular with the data from the instruments within the Wave Consortium (WEC).

The position is available at the Uppsala office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting at the latest the second half of 2010 for a duration of four years. The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD programme at Uppsala University and will formally belong to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University ( The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) funds the position.

Information on research at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala can be found at For further information please contact Dr. Yuri Khotyaintsev ( or Prof. Mats André (

The successful candidate should preferably have a background in plasma physics, space physics, and electromagnetism. The candidate should preferably have completed his/her physics education at MSc level within the last 2 years.

Closing date is June 7, 2010. Applications should include a CV, a statement of the applicant’s relevant experience, copies of undergraduate degree certificates and a short letter describing applicant's research interests. If available, the applicant’s MSc thesis work should be included.

Applications shall be sent to: Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, or by email to: (Tel. +46 980 79061). Reference: Dnr 32-81/10.

Last Application Date: 2010-06-07

Created 2010-05-07 11:04:10 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2010-05-07 11:06:24 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.