Software developers (Ref:2.2.1-281/22)

The Institute of Space Physics is looking for two Software developers for research infrastructure in space physics.

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is seeking two software developers to help us build advanced software for studies of northern lights, and other phenomena in the polar atmosphere, as well as monitoring of space weather. As a software developer, you will be part of a team that will be continuously improving the institute’s research infrastructure – a toolbox for data analysis and various information services for researchers, authorities, and the general public.

Job description

Space weather affects technology through physical processes originating from the Sun and its interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. The technological effects include the impact on satellites, communications, navigation, and electric power distribution. IRF’s space weather group consists of researchers and engineers from IRF’s different offices. In the software developer role, you will be able to take an active part in the group’s operational work and development of space weather products based on observatory data. IRF is part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Safety Program as an expert group in geomagnetism and delivers both data and space weather forecasts in near real time.

ALIS_4D is a unique ground-based optical system for studying aurora and other phenomena in the polar atmosphere. It is composed of a grid of remote stations in regular unmanned operation. One of the major scientific objectives of ALIS_4D is to retrieve three-dimensional distributions of the auroral emissions with the aid of tomographic inversion techniques. As a software developer, you will upgrade and improve existing software and advanced tools for scientific image processing.

You will get to collaborate closely with the scientific staff and be given the opportunity to be involved in the research process, the development of operational systems, as well as the development of websites for visualization, exploration and management of data sets from IRFs ground-based instruments.



We think that you have a university degree in computer science, physics, or other competence that the employer considers equivalent. Alternatively, the tasks could be adapted to and interest someone who has a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as space physics or computer science.

Parts of existing software for data handling and analysis software are written in MATLAB and Scilab. You need to be able to read such code. Good knowledge of Python is a requirement. Experience of other programming languages, tools and development methods, such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, C, Fortran, test-driven development, developer operations, version control, etc. is an advantage. All software development is done in a Linux environment.

The positions are placed at the IRF head office in Kiruna. The start of the positions is in the fall 2022 or according to agreement.

For further information please contact:
Dr Johan Kero, +46-980 790 84,
Lars-Henrik Snow, +46 980-79063,

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

Closing date: 2022-08-23.

Applications should include a CV, a personal cover letter (max. one page), copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
Or by mail:
Institutet för rymdfysik,
Box 812,
981 28 Kiruna

Please quote reference number 2.2.1-281/22

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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