Three PhD students in Space Physics

The positions are related to studies of space plasmas

Applications are invited for PhD students to study space plasma regions of fundamental importance, such as magnetic reconnection sites, shocks, turbulence regions, ionospheres and kinetic processes there.

We are looking for students in each of the following science topics:

1. Characterization of energy conversion and identification of the mechanisms of particle acceleration operating in turbulent layers formed at fronts of plasma jets, based on experimental data from the NASA multi-spacecraft MMS mission.

2. Understanding of electron heating and energetic electron generation at collisionless shocks, in particular resolving the mechanisms of the non-adiabatic processes using MMS data.

3. Understanding Saturn’s ionosphere and the influence of the rings on the ionization balance using models and data acquired during the Grand Finale of the NASA Cassini mission.

The positions are available at the Uppsala office at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting at the latest in the second half of 2019 for a total duration of four years. The PhD students 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 Agency and Swedish Research Council fund the positions.

For further information please contact:

Docent Yuri Khotyaintsev, e-mail:

Dr. Erik Vigren, e-mail:

Trade union representative:

Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail:

Ashkan Ekhtiari, ST, e-mail: +46-980-790 78

Applications should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts, completed theses or manuscripts and other relevant publications, and contact information for two professional references.

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

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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-12/19

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 15:45:29 by Mats Luspa
Last changed 2019-01-16 15:47:46 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.