Post-doctoral position at IRF in Uppsala - research on ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
for research related to scientific studies of ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling, primarily utilising data from the new ESA Swarm mission, in conjunction with coordinated Cluster- and ground-based observations

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere of the Earth, and its interaction with the upper atmosphere, in response to solar wind variability. Of particular interest are energy- and plasma exchange between the two major regimes of plasma in the near-Earth environment and the related flow of electric currents in the high-latitude auroral zone.

Our research group is funded to carry out research utilizing the new ESA multi-satellite mission Swarm in low Earth orbit, in conjunction with the multi-satellite mission Cluster in magnetospheric orbit, and a variety of ground-based instrumentation. We are also a partner in an international research team 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.

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 for the understanding of solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere interaction, in particular field line-tracing, and effects of field-aligned current flow on magnetic models. 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 interaction. It is expected that the new work on Swarm will have cross-fertilisation effects with the other ongoing research in the team at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala.

Candidates should have completed a PhD, no longer than 3 years ago. 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 as soon as the present position of the successful candidate allows. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Board for an initial two years, with a possible extension as young research scientist for another (maximum) two years on a year-by-year basis.

Closing date for applications is 15 May 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, 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: (Tel. +46 980 79061). Reference: Dnr 2.2.1-82/13

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

Last Application Date: 2013-05-15

Created 2013-04-12 16:04:58 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-04-12 16:04:58 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.