Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics - ECLAT Project

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, for Research related to Cluster and Ground-Based Data Assimilation Studies, in the European Cluster Assimilation Technology (ECLAT) Project

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere of the Earth, its interaction with the solar wind and the upper atmosphere. Our research group is a major partner in the research team, which is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims to create a data archive and portal for solar terrestrial data-sets to complement the Cluster Active Archive, currently set up by ESA. In this project we have very close collaboration with Leicester University, UK, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Space Science Group at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and the Institute for Space Research in Graz, Austria. Another group at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala is the Principal Investigator Team for the Cluster EFW instrument. For further information on the full spectrum of research at IRF-Uppsala, see

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration. Analysis of data is an important part of the work and it would be an advantage to have experience in combining advanced data analysis with modelling of solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere interaction, in particular field line-tracing. Interest and experience in coordination of scientific activities will also be considered an asset. The research group does parallel work on closely related problems in the realm of the Martian induced magnetosphere, and is also preparing to use future SWARM satellite data in studies of magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction. It is expected that the new work on ECLAT will have cross-fertilisation effects with the other ongoing research.

Candidates should have completed a PhD no earlier than 30 April 2008. However if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The position is available at IRF-Uppsala, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting immediately or as soon as the present position of the successful candidate allows. The position is funded by a grant from the European Commission, under FP7, for three (3) years. After two (2) years as a postdoctoral fellow the candidate will be employed for one (1) further year as a research scientist. Closing date is 30 April 2011.

The ECLAT Project at IRF in Uppsala is coordinated by Professor Hermann Opgenoorth (opg*,Tel. +46-18-471 5912).

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating the applicant’s research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates, description and proof of previous post-doctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than four selected publications.

Applications shall be sent to: Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, or by email to: registrator* (Tel. +46 980 79061). Reference: Dnr 32-72/11.

Last Application Date: 2011-04-30

Created 2011-04-04 13:39:55 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2011-04-04 13:50:13 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.