PhD student in Space Physics to studies of space plasmas (ref nr: 2.2.1-220/20)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is looking for a PhD student in Space Physics. The position is related to studies of space plasmas.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to study kinetic plasma processes operating in space plasma regions of fundamental importance, such as magnetic reconnection sites, shocks, and turbulence regions. Such processes operate in most astrophysical plasma environments leading to plasma heating and production of energetic particles.

The new PhD student will work directly with state-of-the-art experimental data from the NASA multi-spacecraft Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission.

Our team performs observations, data analysis and modelling of space plasma processes ( The team has decades of experience in developing and operating instruments to measure electric fields, plasma temperature, density and density fluctuations for spacecraft missions (e.g. Rosetta, MMS, Cluster, Solar Orbiter, Swarm, Cassini).

The position is available at the Uppsala office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting at the latest in the first half of 2021 for a total duration of four years.

The PhD students will belong to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University and must therefore fulfill the university requirements. Information on the research education is available at and

Information on research at IRF Uppsala can be found at The Swedish National Space Agency, the Swedish Research Council and Uppsala University fund the position.

For further information please contact:
Dr Emiliya Yordanova,
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,

Trade union representative:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S,
Jan Karlsson, ST,

The application 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.

The application 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 for applications is 21 September 2020.

 Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-220/20

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: +46-980-790 00.

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a government agency that conducts research and postgraduate education 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), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF: