Post-doctoral position in space weather (Ref. 2.2.1-137/23)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics is looking for a post-doctoral position, placed in Lund, in space weather, focusing on detecting and characterizing coronal mass ejections.

Space weather impacts technology through physical processes originating from the Sun and its interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. The effects on technology are well-known and may influence the operation and performance of satellites, communication, navigation, and electrical power distribution.

A key component in the solar-terrestrial system is detecting and characterizing coronal mass ejections.

The work will include analysis of coronal images from various spacecraft, analysis of in-situ solar wind data, and development of methods and algorithms. The goal is to develop models for the automatic detection of coronal mass ejections as part of IRF’s space weather system.

The postdoctoral position will be part of IRF’s group on space weather, which includes scientists, software developers, and engineers from IRF’s different offices. IRF is a member of the International Space Environment Service and is responsible for Regional Warning Centre Sweden.

IRF also takes part in ESA’s Space Safety Programme within the Geomagnetic Expert Service Centre. The position will be part of international collaborations through existing networks but will also include the development of new networks.

We expect that you have relevant knowledge of plasma physics, solar-terrestrial physics, and space weather. Further, knowledge in one or several fields of statistical data analysis, machine learning, image analysis, and time series analysis is a merit. Our main programming language is Python.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in physics, mathematics, or similar. We will primarily consider candidates with a degree obtained within the last three years.

If you have an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated in your application. The candidate should not currently be an active postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics.

The position, placed in Lund, is for 2 years, with possible extension of an additional year.

For further information please contact:
Dr Peter Wintoft, +46-46 286 21 21, .

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

Closing date for applications is 22 May 2023.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter (one page), stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:

Or by mail:

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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-137/23

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. For more information about IRF:


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