Postdoctoral position in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-303/16)

Postdoctoral position in Space Physics

at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, for research related to scientific studies of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere of the Earth, and its interaction with the upper atmosphere, in response to solar wind variability. Of particular interest are energy and plasma exchange between the two major regimes of plasma in the near-Earth environment, and the related flow of electric currents in the high-latitude auroral zone.

Our research group is funded to carry out research utilizing the new ESA multi-satellite mission SWARM in low Earth orbit in conjunction with the other multi-satellite missions such as Cluster, Themis and MMS in magnetospheric orbits, and a variety of ground-based instrumentation, such as radars, magnetometers and all-sky auroral cameras.

Our group currently also works on similar science tasks in pursuit of a better understanding of extreme space weather events, i.e. magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling under extreme solar wind driving, funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) for 5 years. Furthermore we do parallel work on closely-related problems in the realm of the Martian induced magnetosphere interaction. We expect a lot of cross-fertilisation between these projects.

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration. Analysis of data is an important part of the work and it would be an advantage to have experience in combining advanced data analysis for the understanding of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction, in particular field line-tracing, and effects of field-aligned current flow on magnetic models. Interest and experience in coordination of scientific activities will also be considered an asset.

Candidates should have completed a PhD no earlier than 15 December 2013. However if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The position is available at IRF’s office in Uppsala, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting as soon as the present position of the successful candidate allows. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Board, initially for two years, with a possible extension as a young research scientist for another (maximum) two years on a year-by-year basis.

Applications should include a CV (with description of previous PhD, post-doctoral and scientific positions and/or similar relevant research work), a short letter stating the applicant’s research interests and relevant experience plus names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than four selected publications.

The project at IRF in Uppsala is coordinated by Professor Hermann Opgenoorth (, tel. office +46-18-471 5912, mobile +46-76-776 7673).

Trade union representatives:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail:
Cecilia Norgren, ST, e-mail:

Closing date for applications is 18 December 2016.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
Reference number: 2.2.1-303/16

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: 2016-12-18

Created 2016-11-17 17:01:09 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2016-11-17 17:01:09 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.