A permanent research position: Scientist in Space Plasma Physics (ref: 2.2.1-428/22)

A permanent research position: Scientist in Space Plasma Physics with focus on the analysis of data from planetary missions.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a leading research institute in the field of planetary magnetospheres and solar wind interactions with a focus on particle measurements.

Applicants are invited for a position for processing and analysis of data collected by IRF’s particle instruments onboard ESA’s BepiColombo and Mars Express missions.

The selected candidate will work in a successful research group, Solar System Physics and Space Technology program (SSPT) at IRF, that conducts active research on the solar system by developing particle instruments for planetary missions, analyzing data, and performing computer simulations.

The tasks include but are not limited to:

  • development of software for processing, archiving, and display of particle data from IRF’s instruments on-board BepiColombo and Mars Express;
  •  scientific data analysis.

The work involves international collaboration with other research institutes and space organizations such as ESA and JAXA in Europe and Japan.

Candidates should have completed (or expect to complete before December 2022) a PhD in space plasma physics.

Experience of processing and working with satellite data is required. Experience of working with space particle data is a strong merit.

Strong programming skills are required. Main languages used are C, C++ and Python. Having extensive knowledge on using different operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS is a merit.

You should be able to work independently. We have a great deal of international contacts, so an ability to collaborate well both within the group and with various international groups is essential. You will be part of an active tight-knit group of engineers and scientists specializing in building space hardware for various spacecraft and conducting active research on solar system physics. More information about the group’s activities can be found at http://www.irf.se

Employment conditions

The position is placed in Kiruna, Sweden, and is a permanent position.

What we can offer you

We can offer you a workplace with flexible working time agreements, up to seven weeks of vacation per year, well-developed health care with well-being activities, health benefits and a gym at the workplace.

Equality, equal conditions and diversity are fundamental principles in our workplace which means that we consider equality aspects in our daily work and in all decision-making forums.

Kiruna is a fantastic place to live, among other things we have Sweden’s most modern city center – see more on this page.

For further information please contact:
Stas Barabash, stas.barabash@irf.se, +46-980-791 22
Mats Holmström, mats.holmstrom@irf.se, +46-980-791 86
Manabu Shimoyama, shimoyama@irf.se,  +46 980 790 86

Trade union representatives:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, uwe.raffalski@irf.se, +46-980- 790 21
Stefan Karlsson, ST, stefan.karlsson@irf.se, +46-980-790 29

Closing date for applications is January 9 2023.

Applications should include a CV, a personal covering letter (max one page), research plan (max 2 pages) and contact information for three professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to: registrator@irf.se

Or by mail:

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

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-428/22 

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.

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: www.irf.se

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