Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics - Magnetic Reconnection

Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, for research related to Magnetic Reconnection.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to study magnetic reconnection in space and, in particular, in the Earth's magnetosphere based on data from the multi-spacecraft missions Cluster (ESA, launched 2000) and MMS (NASA, launch 2014). 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 Space Plasma Physics Research Programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) has PI responsibility for the Electric Field and Wave (EFW) instrument on Cluster. We work with data from all instruments on Cluster. We have also contributed to the electric field Spin-plane Double Probes (SDP) which is a part of the FIELDS instrument on MMS. We will work with data from several instruments on MMS.

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 theoretical modelling is an advantage. Interest and experience in development of instrumental techniques and methods will likewise be positively valued, as will experience in coordination of scientific activities.

Further information on space physics research in Uppsala can be found at For further information please contact Dr. Andris Vaivads ( and Prof. Mats André ( Trade union representative is Elisabeth Dackborn (

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2010 or later. However, if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree no later than June 2013 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, from the second half of 2013 for 2 years. Closing date is May 15, 2013. Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating the applicant’s research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is expected), description and proof of previous postdoctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references, and reprints of not more than 4 selected publications. Closing date for applications is May 15, 2013.

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 79000).

Reference: Dnr 2.2.1-64/13

Last Application Date: 2013-05-15

Created 2013-04-03 13:19:36 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-04-03 13:26:52 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.