Postdoctoral position in Space Physics

Postdoctoral position in ionospheric and magnetospheric space physics at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden.

Our group investigates how the interplanetary medium and the Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere interact with each other. We study the processes controlling the flow, storage and release of energy, momentum and mass in the coupled system. Emphasis is placed on energy transport in the magnetosphere, in particular in the cusps, the polar caps and the auroral regions of the near-Earth space and their corresponding magnetic projection onto the high latitude ionosphere. Dynamic phenomena such as dayside flux transfer events and nightside substorms and effects such as thermospheric upwelling and ion outflow are studied. We use data from the EISCAT incoherent scatter facilities and other ground-based instruments. Our group has Principal Investigator responsibilities for the Electric Field and Wave instruments on the four ESA Cluster satellites and we work with data from all instruments on Cluster. We also use data from the two Chinese Double-Star spacecraft and other space-borne instruments. We have a very rich international collaboration with other groups in the EISCAT Associate countries and in the Cluster and Double-Star communities.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to conduct experiments with the EISCAT facilities as well as use several of the available data sets to study characteristics, sources, and effects of electromagnetic energy and particle transport into and out from the ionosphere. Experience in the analysis of geophysical and space physics data (in particular radars), familiarity with relevant methods and programming skills are an advantage.

Candidates should have completed a PhD within the last 3 years, and the degree should not have been obtained from an academic institution in Uppsala. The position is available at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala from June 2005 for 14 months. Closing date for applications is May 13, 2005. Applications including CV, a short letter stating the applicants research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates, names of and contact information for two professional references, and reprints of up to four selected publications should be sent to Dr. Stephan Buchert, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala Division, Box 537, 75121 Uppsala, Sweden. For further information on space physics research in Uppsala see For specific questions on the position contact, or Tel. +46-18-471-5928.

Last Application Date: 2005-05-13

Created 2005-04-06 15:13:55 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2005-04-13 11:40:15 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.