Institute of Space Physics

Solsystemets fysik och rymdteknik

Applicants are invited for a position for data analysis and numerical simulations related to the Moon environment with a focus on the plasma–surface interaction processes and lunar exosphere.

The tasks include but are not limited to:

Science data analysis from IRF’s particle instruments onboard lunar missions Chandrayaan-1 and Chang’e-4; Collaboration with our simulation group working on the exosphere dynamics and global moon–solar wind interaction models.

The 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.

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

Candidates should have completed a PhD in space related field 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.

Experience of working with space particle data is a strong merit. Experience of numerical simulations is a merit.

Programming skills are required. Main languages used are C, C++, Python.

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

Employment conditions
The position is placed in Kiruna, Sweden, and is up to 2 years.

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:

Applications should include a CV, a personal covering letter (max one page) and contact information of three professional references.

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.


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Kiruna
County Norrbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2.2.1-130/24
  • Stas Barabash, +46702178586
  • Martin Wieser, +46725813359
  • Mats Holmström, +46725813317
Union representative
  • Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, +46725813346
  • Stefan Karlsson, ST, +46725813321
Published 03.Apr.2024
Last application date 03.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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