Postdoctoral position in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-126/21)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to study kinetic processes responsible for the heating and acceleration of the solar wind plasma. These processes will be investigated in different types solar wind streams as well as during solar storms.

The work involves analysis and interpretation of high-resolution measurements at varying heliocentric distances made by the recently launched Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe missions.

The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences as well as publish their results in leading journals.

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of fundamental space plasma processes ( We have contributed hardware to the Radio and Plasma Waves instrument on solar orbiter, and actively participate in instrument operations and data analysis.

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. Cluster, MMS, Swarm, Cassini, Rosetta, Solar Orbiter, JUICE, BepiColombo).

Experience in the analysis of space plasma data is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling is an advantage.

The position is available at the IRF Uppsala office, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting during 2021 (the exact date is negotiable). The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Agency for two (2) years. Closing date for applications is May 31, 2021.

The postdoc candidate should have completed a PhD during 2018 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 September 2021 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Emiliya Yordanova, e-mail:  +46-18-471-5930
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev, e-mail:  +46-72-581-3372

Trade union representative:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 41

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

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: 2.2.1-126/21

Last Application Date 2021-05-31

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 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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