Research Engineer with a focus on analysis of satellite data

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a government agency that conducts research and postgraduate education in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of IRF's projects are run as large international projects in collaboration with other research institutes and space agencies. IRF has about one hundred employees and offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF:

Do you want to work in a small and successful space research group that builds instruments for spacecraft in the solar system? IRF in Uppsala with about 35 employees is looking for a research engineer with an interest in the analysis of satellite data.

The work involves development of software, analysis and archiving of large amounts of satellite data from the group's instruments. The first year’s work will be focused on the analysis of measurements of the electric field and plasma density from European (ESA) Swarm and American (NASA) MMS satellites to be launched in 2013 and 2014. In the future it will concern data from spacecraft Solar Orbiter (ESA) in orbit around the Sun and JUICE (ESA), which will study Jupiter and its moons. You will be part of an efficient team consisting of researchers, graduate students, and hardware and software engineers.

You have a degree in science or engineering. You should be able to work independently and creatively with issues relating to algorithms and data analysis, and data archiving. Knowledge of physics and space physics as well as experience working with satellite data, time series and signal processing are of particular interest. It is also an advantage if you have been using MATLAB, IDL and scripting languages such as Python. We have extensive international contacts, so the ability to co-operate both within the group and with diverse international teams is a necessity, as is the ability to communicate freely in English, both in speech and writing.

More information about the group is available at Further information on the position can be provided by Dr Anders Eriksson, 018-471 5945,, or Dr Yuri Khotyaintsev, 018-471 5929,

Union Representative:
Liza Dackborn (SACO), 018-471 5921,

Applications must include a cover letter, CV, and relevant certificates and contact information for two referees. Applications must be received by IRF by 3 June 2013 and the applicant should be prepared to take up the position in early autumn 2013. Send your application preferably by email to, or otherwise by regular mail to the Registrar, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, 981 28 Kiruna. Reference number: 2.2.1-102/13.

Last Application Date: 2013-06-03

Created 2013-05-15 17:52:06 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2013-05-15 17:52:06 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.