Software Engineer (dnr: 2.2.1-373/21)

Swedish Institute of Spacer Physics are looking for a software engineer.

The Space Plasma Physics research program at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala invites applications for a full-time two-year position as a scientific instrument ground support software engineer. The main work will be to develop and maintain the ground support software for instruments on several spacecraft, e.g., Solar Orbiter, Swarm and JUICE.

Ground support software includes developing data pipelines from instrument raw data to physical meaningful data products, associated visualization tools and archiving of higher-order data into spacecraft databases.


We are looking for you that:

  • Has knowledge in Computer Science, or Engineering or other comparable training that we judge as comparable
  • Has experience of programming in MATLAB and Python
  • Has experience in Unix/Linux and Shell scripting

The following will be considered a merit for the position:

  • Has experience in using other programming languages, in particular Julia and C
  • Has knowledge in Continuous integration (CI) and continuous testing
  • Has experience of working with satellite data, time series and signal processing.
  • Knowledge/experience in writing software documentation

A very large focus will be on your personal abilities, the ability to work independently, as well as interacting with international teams and the European Space Agency (ESA). The work is often conducted in English, and the applicant therefore need to be fluent in both speech and writing in English.

The position is placed at the Uppsala office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at the Ångström Laboratory. The position is temporary, for a duration of two years at 100%.

Start according to agreement. We apply individual salary setting.

For further information please contact:

Yuri Khotyaintsev, e-mail:
Jan-Erik Wahlund, e-mail:
Thomas Nilsson, e-mail:

Trade union representative:

Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, e-mail:
Jan Karlsson, ST, e-post:

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2022.

The applications must include a CV and a short letter (one page) stating relevant experience. Copies of academic transcripts and contact information to references are desirable.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:, or by post to:

Swedish Institute of Space Physics


Box 812

SE-981 28 Kiruna


Give reference number: dnr 2.2.1-373/21

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: Tel. +46 980-790 00.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute 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 has offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.

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