Guest scientist position for research related to the Saturn Titan system

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
for research related to the Saturn/Titan system

Applications are invited for a guest scientist position for studies of the magnetosphere of Saturn and its interaction with the ionosphere of Titan using instruments on board the Cassini spacecraft.

The goal of the project is to investigate how energy transport and dynamics work in the magnetosphere of Saturn, and how these factors play a role when the Kronian magnetosphere interacts with the ionosphere of Titan, e.g. how the ionospheric erosion from Titan works. We presently focus on how microphysical plasma processes affect these larger scale processes. The emphasis of the project will be on cold (<20 eV) plasma processes, low frequency (< 7 kHz) plasma wave processes and on combinations thereof.

Our group has contributed the Langmuir probe (LP) system to the Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) instrument package on Cassini. We work with data from all instruments within RPWS as well as with data from other instruments on Cassini, although our emphasis is on science derived from the RPWS sensors (LP, search coil,antenna).

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration and interpretation of data. Experience in combining advanced analysis with theoretical modelling is an advantage. Interest and experience in development of instrumental techniques and methods will likewise be positively valued, and so will experience in co-ordination of scientific activities.

Candidates should have completed a PhD within the last 5 years, and should not currently be an active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala or the Department of Astronomy and Space Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The position is available at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, from the second half of 2007 for two and a half years. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR). Closing date is May 7, 2007. Applications should include CV, a short letter stating the applicant’s research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates, description and proof of previous Postdoc positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references, and reprints of up to 4 selected publications.

Applications should be sent to Anita Rogelius (, Tel. +46-18-4715901) at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Box 537, SE-751 21 Uppsala, Sweden.

Associate Professor Jan-Erik Wahlund (, Tel. +46-18-471 5946) manages the Cassini project at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala. Further information on space physics research in Uppsala can be found at

Last Application Date: 2007-05-07

Created 2007-04-03 14:06:56 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2007-04-03 14:06:56 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.