PhD student in Space Physics in Uppsala (dnr 2.2.1-100/14)

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala is looking for a

PhD student in Space Physics

The position is related to suprathermal particle energization at shocks

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study suprathermal particle energization at shocks. Shocks are believed to be one of the most efficient particle accelerators in astrophysical plasma. Understanding particle acceleration to energies well above thermal energies (suprathermal) is one of the most important questions in astrophysical and space sciences. The new PhD student will study the waves and turbulence upstream and downstream of quasi-parallel shocks as the source of suprathermal ion acceleration. The student will work directly with experimental data from the international ESA multi-spacecraft mission Cluster and at a later stage data from the NASA mission MMS.

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 2014 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 and Uppsala University fund the position.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Andris Vaivads, e-mail:
Prof. Mats André, e-mail:

Trade union representative:
Thomas Leyser, SACO,

Closing date for applications is 2 June 2014. 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 should be sent to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna,
or by email to:
Reference dnr 2.2.1-100/14

Last Application Date: 2014-06-02

Created 2014-04-23 13:29:16 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2014-04-23 13:30:00 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.