Guest scientist or Postdoctoral position in space physics

IRF - Swedish Institute of Space Physics

Postdoctorate Position Fixed Term Kiruna, Sweden

Uploaded 24 May 2019

Job Description

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in Space Physics, related to the ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta is the first mission to follow a comet for an extended time, from low activity far from the sun to high activity around perihelion. The Rosetta mission is now in an intensive data analysis phase, following the ending of the mission in September 2016.

The advertised position is a research position for studies of the cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind primarily using ion data from the Ion Composition Analyzer (ICA) on board Rosetta but also using data from the other instruments that form the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC). Work using numerical models of different aspects of the comet plasma environment is also part of the data analysis effort.

Person Specification

  • Previous experience of working with plasma and/or particle data from space missions is required. 
  • Relevant experience with planetary – solar wind interaction studies is a merit. 
  • Work with simulations and numerical models is also a merit.

Post-doc candidates should have completed a PhD during 2016 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 during the year can also apply.