Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-328/16)

Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden, for research related to scientific studies of magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction focusing on the mechanisms through which the ionosphere affects the magnetosphere. A specific question of the project is how, and to what extent, small scale ionospheric disturbances caused by auroral particle precipitation contribute to this magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. The project aims to develop a comprehensive time-dependent model of the interaction of the auroral electrons with the upper atmosphere. The project also involves work with data from the auroral particle and optical measurements on board satellites (Reimei, CASSIOPE/e-POP) as well as ground-based optical and radar measurements conducted by groundbased optical imagers (e.g. MIRACLE, ALIS/ALIS_4D)
and by the EISCAT radars.

Candidates should have completed (or expect to complete) a PhD in space physics or a related field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree before February 2017 may apply for this position. If the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates should demonstrate experience with computer modelling. Previous experience in space-related data analysis is an advantage. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics.

The position, placed in Kiruna, is funded by the Swedish National Space Board and is for up to 2 years.

For further information please contact:
Dr Tima Sergienko, e-mail:, tel. +46-980-790 71

Trade union representative:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:, tel. +46-980- 790 21
Stefan Karlsson, ST, e-mail:, tel. +46-980-790 29

Closing date for applications is 12 February 2017.

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

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Closing date: 12 February 2017.

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-328/16

If your application is sent by e-mail you should get a confirmation that we have received it. If you do not get the confirmation within three days, please contact the registrar: tel. +46 980-790 00.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute that conducts postgraduate education and research in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of IRF's projects are run as large international projects in collaboration with other research institutes and space agencies. IRF has about one hundred employees and offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeň, Uppsala and Lund.

Last Application Date: 2017-02-12

Created 2016-12-14 16:41:04 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2016-12-14 16:41:04 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 Umeň, Uppsala and Lund.