PhD student position in Space Physics

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

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study magnetic reconnection and related space plasma physics phenomena, in particular in the Earth's magnetosphere, based on the latest scientific data. Magnetic reconnection is an important process in most astrophysical plasma environments; it leads to efficient, fast and often explosive-like conversion of magnetic energy into kinetic energy of plasma particles and to rapid reconfiguration of the 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 the main responsibility for the Electric Field and Wave (EFW) instrument on Cluster. We work with data from all instruments on Cluster.

The position is available for a duration of four years at the Uppsala office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting no later than the second half of 2011. The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD programme at Uppsala University and thus will belong to its Department of Physics ( The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) funds the position.

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

Information on research at IRF in Uppsala can be found at Information regarding PhD studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala university, and entry requirements, can be found at and

For further information please contact Prof. Mats André ( or Dr. Andris Vaivads ( Trade union representative is Elisabeth Dackborn ( Closing date is 25 March 2011. Applications should include a CV, a statement of the applicant’s relevant experience, copies of undergraduate degree certificates and a short letter describing he applicant's research interests. If available, the applicant’s MSc thesis work should be included.

Applications shall be sent, preferably by email, to: Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, email: (tel. +46 980 79061). Reference: Dnr 32-34/11.

Last Application Date: 2011-03-25

Created 2011-02-22 17:49:36 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2011-02-22 18:08:17 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.