Swedish Institute of Space Physics

Solsystemets fysik och rymdteknik

Within the Solar System Physics and Space Technology research program we explore the solar system. The group consists of scientists and engineers with different specialist skills who work together to develop and deliver space instruments for national and international scientific satellites. The projects are usually carried out together with ESA, NASA and other major space agencies. More information about the activities of the program and its projects can be found here: Solar System Physics and Space Technology - IRF .

Job description

We are seeking an engineer who will primarily work with:

  • Design and development of high performance SMPS and other analogue circuits.
  • Testing of electronics in vacuum environment.
  • Test and verification of prototype circuits.
  • EMC testing and verification.

The process from idea to a finished instrument is mainly carried out at IRF and you will have an important role throughout the full project lifetime. Projects usually involve international collaborations, which can involve both domestic and international travels.

Production of technical documentation is an important part of the work, as well as being able to verbally communicate the results of the work.


Master's degree in engineering with a focus on electronics, or other equivalent competence that the employer deems equivalent.

Required qualifications.

  • Knowledge of fundamental circuit design, both analogue and digital
  • Analogue systems design
  • PCB design and layout
  • Test and verification of hardware prototype and PCB designs
  • Use of basic electronic bench equipment, ie; oscilloscope, power supplies, DMM, spectrum analysers

Following considered a merit:

  • SMPS design, specifically fly back and forward architectures
  • SPICE simulation and verification, specifically for SMPS
  • EMC knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of PCB manufacturability and technology
  • Parasitic circuit elements and component limitations
  • Knowledge in design of electronics for vacuum and harsh environments (radiation, temperature, vibration).

Due to the extensive international contacts, it is important that you can express yourself very well in spoken and written English.

The work entails demand on independence, accuracy, initiative and the ability to solve problems in many technical areas. Ability to collaborate within the work group as well as with external parties is a requirement. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

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.

What we are most proud to be able to offer you are varied and interesting tasks, pleasant colleagues, a creative and free workplace where everyone is given their own responsibility.

The position is a permanent position based at the head office in Kiruna. Access by agreement. We apply individual salary setting.

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

More information about the position can be provided by:

Stefan Karlsson, research engineer, +46 72 581 33 21, stefan.karlsson@irf.se

Union representatives:

Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, +46 72 581 33 46, uwe.raffalski@irf.se
Magdalena Wäppling, ST, +46 70 648 00 48, magdalena.wappling@irf.se

Closing date: 2024-05-01

The application must contain a CV and a personal letter (maximum one page) describing relevant experience. The application must also contain contact details for two professional references.

Please quote reference number 2.2.1-72/24

If you submit your application by e-mail and do not receive a confirmation of receipt within three days, please contact the registrar, +46-980-790 00.

To staffing and recruitment companies and to you who are sellers: We kindly but firmly refrain from direct contact with staffing and recruitment companies and sellers of further job advertisements.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Kiruna
County Norrbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2.2.1-72/24
  • Stefan Karlsson, +46725813321
Union representative
  • Uwe Raffalski , SACO-S
  • Magdalena Wäppling , ST
Published 22.Feb.2024
Last application date 01.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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