Post-doctoral position in space physics at IRF in Uppsala


at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden

for research related to the Saturn/Titan system

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere of
Saturn and/or its interaction with the ionosphere of Titan using instruments onboard the
Cassini spacecraft. 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 combinations

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, magnetic
search coil, electric field antenna).

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration.
Analysis of data is an important part of the work and experience in combining
advanced data 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 coordination of scientific activities.

Candidates should have completed a PhD during August 2003 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. The candidate should not currently be an
active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala or the
Department of Physics and Astronomy 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 2008 for two years.
The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and by the
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). Closing date is August 8, 2008. Applications
should include a 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 post-doctoral 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: 2008-08-08

Created 2008-06-13 14:24:12 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2008-06-13 14:24:12 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.