Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics - Mars Aeronomy

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, for Research related to Mars Aeronomy and the Interaction between the Martian Atmosphere and the Solar Wind

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the induced magnetosphere of Mars and its interaction with the solar wind and the atmosphere of the planet. Our research group is Co-Investigator of the MARSIS topside sounder instrument on Mars Express, and has close relations with the Principle Investigator group of the ASPERA particle experiment at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna. Internationally we chair a research network for the study of Mars Upper Atmospheric physics, which includes research groups from four plasma-related experiments on Mars Express. In our research we also have close ties to the research groups at Leicester University and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System research in Lindau-Katlenburg, Germany. For further information on the full spectrum of research at IRF in Uppsala, see

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration. Analysis of data is an important part of the work and experience in combining advanced data analysis with modelling of atmospheric plasma transport is an advantage. Interest and experience in coordination of scientific activities will also be considered as an asset. The research group does parallel work on closely-related problems in the solar terrestrial realm, using Cluster and, in the future, SWARM data. It is expected that the relatively new work on Mars will have cross-fertilisation effects with the other ongoing work at Earth.

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 for two (2) years, with a certain possibility for extension. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB, Rymdstyrelsen). Closing date is 30 April 2011.

The Mars Express 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 32-73/11.

Last Application Date: 2011-04-30

Created 2011-04-04 13:46:47 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-04-03 13:23:41 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.