Postdoctoral or Guest Scientist positions in space physics (ref nr: 2.2.1-219/20)

Applications are invited for investigation of electron dynamics in a cometary plasma environment. The work involves analysis and interpretation of Rosetta plasma data at comet 67P.

Our team performs observations, data analysis and modelling of space plasma processes ( As one of the Rosetta PI teams we have very good collaborations within the comet plasma community, understanding of the data sets and a strong publication record on the science topic.

The team has decades of experience in developing and operating instruments to measure electric fields and plasma properties on various spacecraft missions. Our current scientific activities include data from Rosetta, MMS, Cluster, Solar Orbiter, Swarm and Cassini.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Agency.

Postdoc candidates should have completed a PhD during 2017 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 December 2020 can also apply.

Guest scientist candidates should have a PhD degree. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University.

Candidates should be able to start the work during 2020.

Experience in data analysis is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling can be an advantage.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is expected), description and proof of previous postdoctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than 4 selected publications.

Closing date for applications is September 21, 2020.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Anders Eriksson,
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,

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

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:

Or by post to:

Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-219/20

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.

 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), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF:


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