PhD student in space physics (dnr: 2.2.1-318/23)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden is looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Extreme Plasma Flares project, a collaboration between Chalmers, Gothenburg, IRF, Uppsala, and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.

Plasma flares – explosive releases of magnetic energy – play a central role in such diverse phenomena as solar flares, aurora, and fusion plasmas. One of the outstanding questions is what conditions lead to the most extreme electron acceleration events.

The PhD project will focus on the analysis of extreme acceleration events associated with magnetic reconnection. The PhD student will work with state-of-the-art experimental data from the NASA multi-spacecraft Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission.

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of space plasma processes (

The team has decades of experience 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, JUICE, Comet Interceptor).

The position is available at the Uppsala office at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting at the latest in the first half of 2024 for a total duration of four years.

The PhD student will belong to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University and must fulfill the university requirements. Information on research education is available at and

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,

Dr. Daniel B. Graham,

Trade union representatives:
Vicki Cripps, SACO-S,

Jan Karlsson, ST,

The application should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts, completed theses or manuscripts and other relevant publications, and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to:

Or by post to:

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

The closing date for applications is 30 October 2023.

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-318/23

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.


The 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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