PhD student in Space Physics (dnr: 2.2.1-403/23)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Solar System Physics and Space Technology (SSPT) program at IRF in Kiruna, to advance our knowledge of Venus’ magnetotail plasma processes.

The Ph.D. project will focus on the analysis of data collected by the space instrument that SSPT built to understand how solar wind interaction operates on Venus.

Candidates are expected to have an MSc degree or equivalent and have demonstrated knowledge of space plasma physics in a planetary environment. Proficiency in the use of the Python programming language for data processing and analysis is required. The abilities of interdisciplinary thinking and good presentation skills are desirable. Demonstrated strong interest in planetary science and experience in studies of the Venus plasma environments are strong merits.

The position is available at the head office of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), located in Kiruna, Sweden, for a total duration of four years.

The Ph.D. student will be affiliated with the Department of Physics at Umeå University and must therefore fulfill the university requirements. Information about the research education is available at Information about research at IRF can be found at

For further information, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Yoshifumi Futaana,

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

The application should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts, 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

The closing date for applications is 14 December 2023.

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-403/23

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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