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Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala is looking for a research engineer specialising in mechanical design and mechanisms

Do you want to work with designing instrumentation for future spacecraft in a team at the forefront of science?

The Space Plasma Physics research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala invites applications for a full-time position as a scientific instrument mechanical engineer.

At IRF you will be part of an active tight-knit group of engineers and scientists specializing in building scientific instruments for the measurement of plasma densities, electrical fields and plasma temperature in space (for instance Cluster, MMS, Swarm, Cassini, Rosetta, Solar Orbiter, JUICE, Comet Interceptor).

Job description

You will primarily work with development and documentation of mechanics for the instruments developed at IRF. This could for instance include:

  • Design and testing of mechanisms for boom deployment on small satellites.
  • Design of electronics boxes for space applications.
  • Design of Langmuir probes.
  • Setting requirements for, and reviewing the mechanical designs of, other teams in our consortium.
  • Mechanical testing of systems for space applications.

The process from idea to a finished instrument is mainly carried out at IRF together with our scientists 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.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in engineering with a focus on mechanics.
  • Several years of work experience in mechanical design.

The following is considered a merit:

  • Understanding of materials used in the harsh space environment.
  • Experience of designing mechanical constructions and mechanisms for use in space systems.
  • Experience of designing small components and systems with high precision.
  • Knowledge of material and mechanical systems testing.

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

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

What we can offer you

We offer you varied and interesting tasks, pleasant colleagues and a creative workplace where everyone is given their own responsibility.

The position is a permanent position based in Uppsala. Start date by agreement but preferably as soon as possible. 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.

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 2.2.1-167/24


Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute that conducts research and postgraduate education 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 has offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. For more information about IRF:

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2.2.1-167/24
  • Dan Ohlsson, +46184715910
Union representative
  • Victoria Cripps, SACO-S, +46184715903
  • Jan Karlsson, ST, +46184715943
Published 03.Apr.2024
Last application date 13.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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