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Postdoctoral position (2 years) in Magnetospheric physics

Institutionen för fysik

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2018-03-15

  • Typ av anställning Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Omfattning 100%
  • Ort Umeå

The Department of Physics is looking for an outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral position in magnetospheric physics. 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. Application deadline is March 15, 2018.

Project description
The aim of the project is to accomplish a breakthrough in how we perceive flows in Earth's magnetotail and in other astrophysical objects where similar processes are persisting.

High speed bursty bulk flows (BBFs) are known to commonly penetrate the magnetotail. However, recent observations from multi-spacecraft missions and advanced numerical modelling now indicate that the tail flows can be even more complicated, hosting both vortex flows and meanderings. In the project we will determine how common such vortex-like flows are, quantify the flows, and investigate the effects on the mass, momentum, and energy transport in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system.

The major work tasks of the postdoc are to investigate the complex plasma flows in the Earth’s magnetotail by analyzing data from several single- and multi-spacecraft missions as well as from ground-based observatories, and comparing with results from large scale numerical simulations.

The postdoctoral project is financed by the Swedish National Space Board and it will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Colorado, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Shandong University, Weihai.

Minor teaching tasks may be included, e.g. master thesis supervision within the area of the postdoc.

The position is a two-year full-time employment. Starting date as soon as possible or according to agreement.

Qualifications
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 analyzing spacecraft data is required. Previous experience from working with ground-based data and numerical simulations is also a merit. Good skills in programming (e.g. C, Matlab and Python) are required. Previous experience from university teaching is an extra merit. You should be highly motivated and responsible, and you should be passionate for developing both as an individual scientist and as a space physics research team member. Experience from conducting independent research and writing science publication for renowned journals is also a merit.

Good skills in written and spoken English are required. In addition, you should have good social skills and an ability to conduct independent research and work as a team member.

The application should include:

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.

Information
For further information, contact Maria Hamrin, maria.hamrin@space.umu.se.
Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 2018-03-15.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission

As soon as possible or according to agreement.

Contact

Maria Hamrin

090-786 60 36

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-144-18

Salary

Monthly salary

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

ST

090-786 54 31

SEKO

090-786 52 96

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