PhD Student Position in Space Physics in Uppsala (dnr: 2.2.1-259/15)

PhD Student Position in Space Physics
Related to Electrostatic Probes in Space at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden.

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study the performance of electrostatic probes in space plasmas by use of a numerical simulation code and data from such instruments on spacecraft missions, and to apply the results of the simulations to the exploitation of the data from such missions.

The main tools will be a simulation code package and the data from our instruments on various space missions. The main goals are to improve understanding of measurement accuracy and the effects of spacecraft-plasma interaction, and then use this understanding to study the physical processes in the environments we are investigating. For the initial studies, the prime concern will be our instrument LAP on the Rosetta spacecraft and the plasma environment of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Studies involving our instruments on other active space missions, e.g. Swarm and Cluster at Earth and Cassini at Saturn, can come in a later stage of the project.

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 in early 2016 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) is funding the position.

Closing date for applications is 18 December 2015.

For further information please contact:
Anders Eriksson, e-mail:, tel. +46-18-471 5945
Trade union representative:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail:, tel. +46-18-471 5941

The application must include a letter where the applicant describes her-/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, preferably by email, to:, or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Registrar, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
Reference number: 2.2.1-259/15

If your application is sent by e-mail you should get a confirmation that we have received it. If you do not get the confirmation within three days, please contact the registrar: tel. +46 980-790 00.

Last Application Date: 2015-12-18

Created 2015-12-01 12:04:47 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2015-12-01 12:04:47 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.