Postdoctoral position in space weather (dnr: 2.2.1-9/22)

Applications are invited for investigations into space weather, in particular how space weather impacts the Swedish power grid due to geomagnetic disturbances. The work involves the analysis of geomagnetic data from ground magnetic observatories (e.g. IMAGE, SuperMAG, INTERMAGNET) and global space weather models (e.g. SWMF).

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modelling of space plasma processes (http://www.irfu.se) as well as investigating ground-based measurements.

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).

The successful candidate will work closely with the Swedish Defence Research Agency as well as be involved in other national and international collaborations. They are also expected to present results at national and international conferences as well as publish in leading journals.

Expertise in the analysis of geomagnetic field data and fundamental knowledge of solar wind-magnetosphere coupling will be highly beneficial. In addition, experience in relevant theoretical modelling will be an advantage.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years with a possibility for an extension. The position is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Postdoc candidates should have completed a PhD in 2019 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. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. Candidates should be able to start the work before July 2022.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is expected), description and proof of previous postdoctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than 4 selected publications.

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2022.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Andrew P. Dimmock, andrew.dimmock@irfu.se
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev, yuri@irfu.se

Trade union representatives:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S, thomas.leyser@irfu.se
Jan Karlsson, ST, jan.karlsson@irfu.se

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to: registrator@irf.se

Or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Registrar,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-9/22

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.

Created by Martin Eriksson at 2022-01-19
Last modified by Annelie Klint Nilsson at 2022-03-31