PhD in Space Physics

University of Bergen

Graduate Position 4 years Bergen, Norway

Uploaded 7 May 2019

Job Description

About the project/work tasks:

The PhD candidates will work in group 1 of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science ( The main research questions of this group are "Why is geospace asymmetric?" and "What are the important temporal and spatial scales of geospace dynamics?" The PhD projects will be part of this work and will focus on data analyses, using measurements from satellites and ground stations. Magnetic field measurements from ESA's Swarm satellites, the Iridium satellite constellation, and the SuperMAG ground magnetometer network will be particularly relevant. A specific PhD program will be defined in consultation with the selected candidates.

About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research trainingAs a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

Person Specification

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent in the physical sciences. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 01.10.2019. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Applicants must document excellent skills in physics, especially electromagnetism, and in scientific programming using Python, Matlab, IDL or similar languages.
  • The following qualifications are considered an advantage:
    • Experience from ionospheric/magnetospheric physics
    • Experience from data analysis, in particular magnetic field measurements from ground and/or space.
    • Expertise in inverse problems.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • relevant certificates/references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.