PhD Position in Experimental Space Research

University of Bern Physics Institute


PhD Position in Experimental Space Research

The Space Research and Planetology Division of the University of Bern (WP, is seeking a PhD student to join its Space Science Group. The division participates in a large range of international space missions covering many planetary objects of the solar system. The open PhD position is for the ESA's JUICE mission to Jupiter and its icy moons. We are participating in the JUICE mission with a neutral gas and ion mass spectrometer (NIM) that is part of the particle environment package (PEP) experiment. NIM will measure the chemical composition of the atmospheres of Jupiter's icy moons: Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Your tasks
• Support the science phase of JUICE
• Calibration of the NIM flight spare and ground reference instrument
• Measurements with fast neutral particle and ion beams to emulate space conditions
• Definition of measurement modes and operation planning
• Adaption and improvement of existing calibration facilities to the measurement needs
Your profile
• You enjoy experimental physics.
• You like working in a large team at the University of Bern with international collaboration within the JUICE mission
• Experience with electronics, measurement techniques, vacuum instrumentation, ion-optical simulation, and mass spectrometry would be of advantage but is not required
• Proficiency in spoken and written English is required, German language skills are an asset.
The position is available from 1 December 2022. The salary is in accordance with the personnel regulations of the Canton of Bern.
Please submit an application by 16 October 2022 as a single pdf file consisting of a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position, a CV, list of your publications, and a list with names of three references.
Applicants should contact:

Prof. Dr. Peter Wurz
+41 31 684 44 26

Dr. Martina Föhn
+41 31 684 59 16

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