PhD students in space physics for studies of Mars and comets (ref: 2.2.1-70/20)

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for PhD positions to study how the solar wind interacts with bodies in the solar system.

We are looking for two students in the following science topic areas:

  1. Mars-solar wind interaction, related to the ESA Mars Express mission, with a focus on computer models.
  2. Comet-solar wind interactions, related to the ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with a focus on data analysis.

The scientific investigations will use ion observations by our instruments on Mars Express and Rosetta, respectively.

The positions are available at the head office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located in Kiruna, Sweden, starting at the latest in the second half of 2020 for a total duration of four years.

The PhD students will belong to the Department of Physics at Umeå University and must therefore fulfill the university requirements. Information about the research education is available at Information about research at IRF can be found at The Swedish National Space Agency and Umeå University fund the positions.

For further information please contact:

Associate Professor Mats Holmström, e-mail:
Associate Professor Hans Nilsson, e-mail:

Trade union representatives:

Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:
Stefan Karlsson, ST, e-mail:

Closing date for applications is 30 April 2020.

Applications should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts, completed theses or manuscripts and other relevant publications, 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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-70/20

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 in Kiruna (head office), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF:




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