PhD student in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-49/21)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is looking for a PhD student in Space Physics for studies of Saturn’s moon Titan.

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study the plasma environment of Saturn’s moon Titan. The work will mainly consist of data analysis from our instrument on the Cassini satellite, but also modelling, with focus on dynamic processes in Titan’s plasma environment. Titan’s ionosphere has proven to be a very dynamic environment where many physical processes are occurring on different time scales, from seconds to years. The goal of this project is to understand these processes in greater detail.

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 density, density fluctuations, electric fields and plasma temperature for spacecraft missions (e.g., Cassini, Rosetta, MMS, Cluster, Solar Orbiter, Swarm).

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 second 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 position is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

For further information please contact:
Dr Niklas Edberg,

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 29 March 2021.

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-49/21

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:

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