Postdoc in Space Plasma Physics (ref 2.2.1-237/22)

Post-Doctoral Position in Space Plasma Physics with focus on data analysis from instruments onboard  ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury

IRF leads two particle instruments, Energetic Neutrals Analyzer (ENA) and Miniature Ion Precipitation Analyzer (MIPA), onboard ESA Mercury Planetary Orbiter and JAXA Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter of the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury

Applicants are invited for a post-doctoral position for analysis of data collected in the cruise phase, from Mercury fly-bys, and at Mercury after orbit insertion in 2025. The selected candidate will work in a successful research group, Solar System Physics and Space Technology (SSPT) at IRF, that conducts active research on the solar system developing particle instruments for planetary missions, analyzing data, and performing computer simulations.

The tasks include but are not limited to:
– development of software for processing, archiving, and display of data;
– science data analysis;
– calibration data analysis for instrument characterization;
– instrument science operation planning.

The work involves international collaboration with other research institutes and space organizations such as ESA and JAXA in Europe and Japan.

Candidates should have completed (or expect to complete) a PhD in space physics or a related field during 2019 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree before July 2022 may also apply for this position.

Strong programming skills are required. Main languages used are C, C++ and Python. Having extensive knowledge on using different operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS is a merit.

You should be able to work independently. We have a great deal of international contacts, so an ability to collaborate well both within the group and with various international groups is essential. You will be part of an active tight-knit group of engineers and scientists specializing in building space hardware for various spacecraft and conductive active research on solar system physics. More information about the group’s activities can be found at

The position is placed in Kiruna, Sweden, and is for 3 years with possibilities to extend for one more year.

For further information please contact:
Stas Barabash, e-mail:, +46-980-791 22

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

Closing date for applications is July 3 2022.

Applications should include a CV, a personal covering letter (one page), and contact information for two professional references.
Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Box 812
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
or by email to:

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-237/22

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.

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