Institutet för rymdfysik


Applications are invited for the investigations of the ionosphere of Mars. The work involves working with a multi-instrumental dataset from the MAVEN mission and conducting numerical and analytical modelling with a special focus on ion chemistry.

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of space plasma processes ( The team has 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, BepiColombo, Cassini, JUICE, Rosetta, Solar Orbiter).

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 and publish their results in leading journals. Expertise in solar energy deposition- and photochemical modelling will be highly beneficial.

Employment conditions

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. The position is funded by the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA).

Candidates should have completed a PhD in space plasma physics (or within another field which the employer deems relevant to the research subject) or expect to complete within the next months.  We will primarily consider candidates with a degree obtained within the last three years. If you have an older degree and want to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated in your application.

The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. Candidates should be able to start the work no later than fall 2024.

What we can offer you

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.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates, 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. 

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-106/24

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: https://http:///

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2.2.1-106/24
Union representative
  • Victoria Cripps, +46184715903
  • Jan Karlsson, +46184715943
Published 13.Mar.2024
Last application date 30.Apr.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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