Software Engineer for science instrumentation (dnr 2.2.1-374/21)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala are looking for a software engineer for science instrumentation.

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 software engineer. The main work is software development for the Radio & Plasma Waves Investigation (RPWI) on the European Space Agency (ESA) JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission to Jupiter to be launched in 2023.


  • B. Sc. in Computer Science, Information Technology, or other comparable training that the employer considers to be of similar competence.
  • Knowledge in real-time programming in C for embedded systems and microcontrollers.
  • Knowledge of real-time operating systems (RTOS), RTEMS or similar.

The following will also be considered a merit for the position:

  • Experience of system and unit level testing of software.
  • Knowledge of threaded programming, tasks, mutexes, semaphores, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of computer architectures, cache, pipelines, interrupts, DMA, FPU, etc.

In addition, it is necessary to have good communication and coordination (management) skills as the work includes integration of instrument software from several international instrument software teams, as well as liaison with ESA and Airbus Defence and Space. Experience of writing software documentation is also necessary. The work is mainly 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:
Jan-Erik Wahlund,
Thomas Nilsson,

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

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 2.2.1-374/21

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. 

Created by Annelie Klint Nilsson at 2022-01-03
Last modified by Annelie Klint Nilsson at 2022-01-31