Postdoctoral position in space physics: cometary plasma physics (2.2.1-155/18)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is seeking candidates for a

Postdoctoral position in space physics: cometary plasma physics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to study the complex dynamics of a cometary ionosphere. Our group is responsible for one of the plasma instruments on the Rosetta spacecraft to comet 67P, and we collaborate closely with other Rosetta teams. In this project, there will also be collaboration with a team doing particle-in-cell plasma simulations. The work involves both analysis of Rosetta data and theoretical modeling. Experience in the analysis of space plasma data is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling is an advantage.

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2015 or later. However, if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree no later than September 2018 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. Candidates should be able to start the work during autumn 2018.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. At IRF Uppsala some 20 researchers work on the space plasma mainly around Earth, Saturn, Mars and comet 67P using data from our own instruments on e.g. Rosetta, Cluster, MMS, Swarm and Cassini as well as other data. The project is financed by the Swedish National Space Board.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is expected), description and proof of previous postdoctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than 4 selected publications.

Closing date for applications is 15 May 2018.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Anders Eriksson, e-mail:
Prof. Mats André, e-mail:

Trade union representative:
Thomas Leyser, SACO,

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
Reference number: 2.2.1-155/18

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: +46 980-790 00.

Last Application Date: 2018-05-15

Created 2018-04-24 16:34:04 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2018-04-24 16:34:04 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.