Embedded software engineer (dnr: 2.2.1-320/22)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala is looking for an embedded software engineer.

Do you want to work with programming of future spacecraft in a team at the forefront of science?

The Space Plasma Physics research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala invites applications for a full-time position as a scientific instrument software engineer. The work includes development of flight and ground support software for the instruments developed at IRF.

At IRF you will be part of an active tight-knit group of engineers and scientists specializing in building space hardware for various spacecraft. Currently the main projects at IRF in Uppsala are the Radio & Plasma Waves Investigation (RPWI) on the European Space Agency (ESA) JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission to Jupiter and the COMPLIMENT instrument for the ESA Comet Interceptor mission to a so far unknown comet.

Required qualifications

  • B. Sc. in Computer Science, Information Technology, or other comparable training that the employer considers to be of similar competence.
  • Experience of embedded software development.
  • Knowledge in real-time programming in C for embedded systems and microcontrollers.
  • Experience of producing and maintaining software documentation.

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

  • Knowledge of SpaceWire, real time operating systems (RTOS), serial links and the LEON processor.
  • Experience of system and/or unit level testing of software.
  • Experience of leading software development projects and/or small teams, and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of analogue and digital electronics.

In addition, it is necessary to have good communication and coordination skills, as the role involves working with a small software team at IRF, alongside several international instrument software teams, as well as liaison with ESA and the prime contractors building the spacecraft system.

The work is mainly conducted in English, and the applicant therefore needs 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 full-time and permanent.

The start date is according to agreement. Salaries are set on an individual basis.

For further information please contact:
Yuri Khotyaintsev, yuri@irfu.se
Thomas Nilsson, thoni@irfu.se

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

Closing date for applications is 17 October 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: registrator@irf.se, or by post to:

Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Box 812
SE-981 28 Kiruna

Give reference number: dnr 2.2.1-320/22

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: 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. For more information about IRF: www.irf.se

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