Postdoctoral position in space physics (ref: 2.2.1-449/23)

Applications are invited for investigations of plasma heating and particle acceleration associated with magnetic reconnection. The PhD student will work with state-of-the-art experimental data from NASA’s multi-spacecraft Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) and ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter 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, JUICE).

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 as well as publish them in leading journals. Expertise in analyzing multi-point space plasma measurements and magnetic reconnection 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 candidates should have completed a Ph.D. We will primarily consider candidates with a degree completed in the last three years. If the applicant has an older degree and wishes to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, the application should clearly state this. Candidates should be able to start the work during spring 2024 at the latest.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and Ph.D. degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the Ph.D. 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 15 January 2024.

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,
Dr. Emiliya Yordanova,

Trade union representatives:
Vicki Cripps, 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: 2.2.1-449/23

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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