Postdoctoral position in space physics (Ref. 2.2.1-159/23)

Applications are invited for investigations of collisionless shocks. The work involves the analysis of magnetic, electric, and plasma measurements from the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) and ESA Solar Orbiter and Cluster missions.

Our team at IRF in Uppsala is a leading research group that performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of space plasma processes ( We have a diverse team of researchers dedicated to spacecraft data analysis on topics such as shocks, plasma waves, magnetic reconnection, and turbulence, as well as 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 applicant will benefit from joining a healthy research environment and will actively participate in our group activities.

The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences and publish them in leading journals. Expertise in the analysis of multi-point space plasma measurements and collisionless shocks will be highly beneficial.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. The position is funded by the Swedish National Space Agency and EU Horizon 2020 project SHARP – SHocks: structure, AcceleRation, dissiPation

Postdoc candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in 2020 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 during fall 2023.

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.

The closing date for applications is 22 May 2023.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,
Dr. Andrew P. Dimmock,
Dr. Emiliya Yordanova,

Trade union representatives:
Thomas Leyser, SACO-S,
Jan Karlsson, ST,

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:
Or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-159/23

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.

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