Research engineer (2.2.1-33/19)

Research engineer

specialized in testing and calibration of space instruments and systems

IRF is currently expanding SpaceLab: the development, testing and calibration facilities located at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna. The aim of SpaceLab is to create a unique environment that supports balloon, rocket and satellite payloads in any development stage. SpaceLab is utilized both by groups from IRF and by external customers, and we plan to invest in improved support facilities in the near future.

Your task will be to write specifications for new test equipment, establish requirements for the architect team, and prepare cost estimates for different developments as well as perform technical and research tasks related to development of test and measuring facilities and instruments . The job also includes representational tasks, such as holding presentations about space hardware development and testing.

The position also includes some teaching duties at university level.


Master of Science degree in engineering, preferably with a specialization in space technology is a minimum requirement

Experience in space hardware testing and calibration is highly valued.  Because of the extensive international contacts, it is important that you can speak and write in English.

The position requires high independence and sufficient initiative to solve problems in many technical fields, with limited guidance. An ability to collaborate within the group as well as with external parties is a requirement, together with good presentational skills. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

This is a temporary position and it is situated at the IRF headquarters in Kiruna.

For further information, please contact:
Máté Kerényi, SpaceLab project manager, e-mail: +46-980- 790 02

Trade union representatives:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:, +46-980- 790 21
Ashkan Ekhtiari, ST, e-mail:, tel. +46-980-790 78

Closing date for applications is 11 February 2019.

Applications should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
or by letter to:

Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Closing date: 11 February 2019

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-33/19

If your application is sent by e-mail you will get confirmation that IRF has received it. If you do not receive confirmation within three days, please contact the Registrar, +46-980-79000.

Updated 2019-01-30, RMcG

Last Application Date: 2019-02-11

Created 2019-01-25 15:22:44 by Mats Luspa
Last changed 2019-01-30 13:57:38 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 Umeĺ, Uppsala and Lund.