Software developer for auroral research (dnr: 2.2.1-73/21)

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is looking for a person interested in developing advanced tools for analysing data from a unique scientific auroral imaging system.

Job description

ALIS_4D is a state-of-the-art ground-based optical system for the measurement of the aurora, high-altitude clouds, and other optical atmospheric signatures at high latitude. ALIS_4D is composed of a grid of remote stations in regular unmanned operation. One of the major scientific objectives of ALIS_4D is to retrieve three-dimensional distributions of the auroral emissions with the aid of tomographic inversion techniques.

As a software developer, you will work in the ALIS_4D project upgrading existing software and developing advanced tools for scientific image analysis such as modern image processing and tomography algorithms. You will get to collaborate closely with ALIS_4D scientific staff and be involved in the research process.


We think that you have a university degree in computer science, physics or other competence that the employer considers equivalent. This position could also be of interest to someone with a recent doctoral degree in a suitable field such as space physics or computer engineering.

The software for data handling and analysis is written predominantly in MATLAB and Scilab.  You need to be able to read such code. Good knowledge of Python and version control tools such as git is a requirement. Experience in other languages such as C, FORTRAN, php, etc. is an advantage. All software development is done in a Linux environment.

The position, placed in Kiruna, is limited to 2 years with possibility of extension. The start of the position is in the fall 2021 or according to agreement.

For further information please contact:
Dr Tima Sergienko, +46-980-790 71,,

Trade union representatives:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, +46-980-790 21,
Stefan Karlsson, ST, +46-980-790 29,

Closing date: 30 April 2021. 

Applications should include a CV, a personal cover letter (max. one page), copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:

Or by mail:

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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-73/21

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.

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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