Research Position in Space Physics – Work with data from the Rosetta Ion Composition Analyzer (dnr: 2.2.1-235/16)

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna invites applications for a temporary research 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. Applications are invited both for a 2-year post-doc position and for shorter periods for senior guest scientists.

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).

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 for post-docs and a requirement for senior guest scientists.

Post-doc candidates should have completed a PhD during 2013 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 January 2017 can also apply. A post-doc candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF.

The position, placed in Kiruna, is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is for up to 2 years.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Hans Nilsson, e-mail:, tel. +46-980-791 27.
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 7 October 2016. Applications should include a CV, a short (one page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references. Applications should be submitted, preferably by e-mail, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
or by email to:
Closing date: 7 October 2016.
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-235/16

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.

Last Application Date: 2016-10-07

Created 2016-09-15 16:27:59 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2016-09-15 16:27:59 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 Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.