Postdoctoral and Guest Researcher positions in Space Physics

IRF - Swedish Institute of Space Physics

Postdoctorate Position 2 years Uppsala, Sweden

Uploaded 11 Apr 2019

Job Description

The positions are related to studies of space plasmas at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala, Sweden. 

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.

We are searching for a total of three persons to work on the following projects:

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

Person Specification

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2014 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 September 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.

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