Postdoc in Space Physics

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in Space Physics


Kungliga Tekniska högskolan,


KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.


Job description

In the upcoming years we expect a major increase in our understanding of the solar wind physics and how the Sun is driving the heliosphere. The foremost reason is the arrival of high-quality data sets from the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission launched in 2018 and the ESA Solar Orbiter mission launched February 2020. The current project focuses on studying one key aspect of solar wind physics - the role of whistler waves in the solar wind electron physics. It is known from earlier that whistlers should play an important role in controlling the large-scale properties of solar wind electrons however there are many open questions on the details of those processes. Using data from the new satellites for the first time one can measure the full electromagnetic properties of whistler waves at different distances from the Sun under different solar wind conditions. The results would have a direct impact on the kinetic theories describing the formation and evolution of solar wind. An additional important part of the project is to use the whistler observations to understand and improve the calibration of the Solar Orbiter RPW instrument electric field measurements.

What we offer

  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree in space physics or similar, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Experience of analyzing experimental data.
  • Good knowledge of plasma and space physics.
  • Capacity to work both individually and in a team.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

  • Scientific skills.
  • Educational ability.
  • Advanced knowledge of plasma waves.
  • Experience of analysing satellite data.
  • Knowledge of space mission instrumentation and/or plasma numerical simulations.
  • Good knowledge of english.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Cooperation skills.
  • Independence.


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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application must include: 

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  3. Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Fixed term employment /temporary contract 01 05 21.

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt ö.k
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2020-0124
Andris Vaivads,
Tysse Norlindh Falk,
Published 16.Jan.2020
Last application date 15.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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