Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics – Work with data from the Rosetta Ion Composition Analyzer (2.2.1-253/15)

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in Space Physics, related to the ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first mission to follow a comet for an extended time, from low activity far from the sun to high activity around perihelion. The Rosetta mission is still active and is now entering an intense end phase that will have a grand finale when the orbiter spirals down towards the surface of the nucleus in September 2016.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position for studies of the cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind using ion data. The work mainly concerns data from the Ion Composition Analyzer (ICA) on board Rosetta and the other instruments that form the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC)

Previous experience of working with plasma and/or particle data from space missions is required. Relevant experience with planetary – solar wind interaction studies is a merit.

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2013 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. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree no later than March 2016 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF.

The position, placed in Kiruna, is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is for 2 years.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Hans Nilsson, e-mail:, tel. +46-980-79 127
Trade union representative:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail:, tel. +46-980- 790 21

Closing date for applications is 18 January 2016. Applications 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 submitted, preferably by e-mail, to:
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Closing date: 18 january 2016.
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-253/15

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: tel. +46 980-790 00.

Last Application Date: 2016-01-18

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