Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics

The positions are related to studies of space plasmas

Applications are invited for post-doctoral positions in the field of fundamental space plasma physics. The studies are based on data analysis from single and multi-spacecraft observations in various plasmas from macro- to micro-scales in the Earth’s environment. In particular, the scientific objectives are investigations of fundamental plasma processes such as plasma turbulence and kinetic phenomena associated with magnetic reconnection, and energy transfer in the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere-ground system.

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of space plasma processes ( The team has decades of experience in developing and operating instruments to measure electric fields, plasma temperature, density and density fluctuations for spacecraft missions (e.g. Cluster, MMS, Swarm, Cassini, Rosetta). Experience in the analysis of space plasma data is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling is an advantage.

The scientific topics of the respective postdoc positions are the following:

  1. Direct observation of anomalous resistivity in collisionless plasmas, and its importance for magnetic reconnection, based on measurements of electric and magnetic fields and charged particles by the four NASA MMS satellites.

  2. Energy budget of the topside ionosphere and upper thermosphere, based on observations by the three ESA Swarm satellites.

  3. Investigation of the dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosheath during disturbed solar wind conditions based on multi-spacecraft observations (solar wind monitors, MMS, Themis, Cluster, Geotail), and the resulting geomagnetic responses measured by ground magnetometers (IMAGE, MIRACLE) at high latitudes.

The positions are available at the IRF Uppsala office, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting during 2019 (the exact date is negotiable). The positions are funded by grants from the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish National Space Agency for two (2) years. Closing date for applications is 28 Feb 2019.

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 March 2019 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Mats André, e-post: +46-18-471 59 13
Dr. Stephan Buchert, e-post: +46-18-471 59 28
Dr. Emiliya Yordanova, e-post:  +46-18-471 59 30
Dr. Andrew Dimmock, e-post: +46-18-471 59 23

Trade union representative:

Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 41
Ashkan Ekhtiari, ST, e-mail: +46-980-790 78

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

Välkommen med din ansökan, helst via e-post, till:
eller till:
Institutet för rymdfysik,
Box 812,
981 28 Kiruna

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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-21/19

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: 2019-02-28

Created 2019-01-16 15:26:15 by Mats Luspa
Last changed 2019-01-16 15:46:52 by Mats Luspa

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.