Postdoctoral position in Magnetospheric physics at Umeå University in Sweden, 2019

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2018

The Department of Physics invites applications  for” Postdoctoral position in Magnetospheric physics ”  . The department is located at Umeå University.This is a full-time (100%) position for two years. Starting date as soon as possible or according to agreement. The postdoctoral project will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Colorado, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Shandong University, Weihai.


The aim of the project is to accomplish a breakthrough in how we perceive plasma flows in Earth’s magnetotail.

Degree Level: Postdoctoral position

Field:  Magnetospheric physics

Place of Study:  Sweden

Number of Scholarships: Not given

Value: The salary placement takes place on a monthly basis according to the established salary level for postdoctoral employment.

Duration: 2 years

Eligible Countries: International students


To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in space physics, magnetospheric physics or in another area relevant for the project. To be eligible the degree should have been completed a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist.

Extensive experience in studying space plasma phenomena by analyzing in-situ spacecraft measurements is required. Previous experience from working with ground-based data and numerical simulations is also a merit. Experience from conducting independent research and publishing articles in renowned scientific journals is also a merit. Good skills in programming (e.g. C, Matlab and Python) are required. Previous experience from university teaching is also a merit. You should be highly motivated and responsible, have good social skills, and you should be passionate for developing both as an individual scientist and as a space physics research team member. You must therefore have an ability to work independently and as a team member. Good skills in written and spoken English are required.

English Language Criteria: 

Very good language skills in English, both spoken and written, is required.

How to Apply: 

1. A cover letter stating your motives for applying and summarizing your qualifications for the position, your previous research and teaching experience as well as your experience in the area mentioned above (maximum 5 pages).

2. A description of how you would approach the project described above and a suggestion of a tentative research plan that fits your expertise (maximum 5 pages),

3. A curriculum vitae (CV) with a publication list,

4. Copies of relevant degree certificates,

5. Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications,

6. Contact information of three reference persons.

Please observe that all material must be in Swedish or English. If material is submitted in other languages a translation to Swedish or English must be included.



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