PhD Student Position in Space Physics at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala

PhD student position in Space Physics related to Plasma and Dust at Icy Moons and Comets at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden.

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study plasma and dust around icy bodies in the solar system, in the context of the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Initial work will concentrate on structures and processes around Enceladus based on Cassini data, with emphasis shifting to related phenomena at the comet as Rosetta enters its main science phase in late 2014. While our team is responsible for instruments on both missions, the student is expected to work also with data from other sources.

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 in the second half of 2013 for a total duration of four years. The PhD student will belong to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University and must therefore fulfill the university requirements. Information on the research education is available at and Information on research at IRF Uppsala can be found at The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) funds the position.

For further information please contact Anders Eriksson (, Björn Davidsson ( and Jan-Erik Wahlund ( Trade union representative is Elisabeth Dackborn (

Closing date for applications is May 15, 2013. The application must include a letter where the applicant describes herself/himself, his/her merits and research interests as well as a CV, copies of university grades, completed theses or manuscripts and other relevant publications and references.

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 79000). Reference: Dnr 2.2.1-72/13.

Last application date: May 15, 2013

Dnr 2.2.1-72/13

Last Application Date: 2013-05-15

Created 2013-04-04 14:28:29 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-04-04 14:28:29 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.