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Senior Research Engineer Position in Space Physics (12 months, 40%)

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  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 40%
  • Place Umeå

The Department of Physics is looking for a Senior Research Engineer in Space Physics. The position is for 40% for one year. Start date January 15, 2021 or according to agreement. The project will be conducted at Umeå University and the application deadline is December 11, 2020.

Project description and working tasks
The aim of the project is to advance our current understanding of the Jovian plasma interaction with the magnetosphere, exosphere, and surface of Ganymede (one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter and the largest moon in our solar system) using kinetic plasma simulations and through comparison with observations. The interaction of the Jovian plasma with Ganymede forms fundamental magnetospheric and planetary processes including well-defined magnetospheric boundaries, complex surface weathering, and generation of a neutral exosphere. The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive understanding on the dynamics of the particles in Ganymede’s magnetosphere using simulations and to make estimations and provide constraints for observations by the Particle Environment Package (PEP) onboard ESA’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.

This project is financed by the Swedish National Space Agency (Rymdstyrelsen).

To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in space plasma physics, magnetospheric physics or in another area relevant for the project.

Extensive experience in studying space plasma phenomena using computer simulations and analysing data from spacecraft (such as magnetometer and particle data) and/or ground-based datasets is required. The candidate is expected to have advanced knowledge, understanding, and experience of kinetic plasma modelling (i.e., particle-in-cell, hybrid-kinetic, Monte Carlo, and test particle). Good skills in programming (e.g. C/C++, Python, IDL, or Matlab) are required. Previous experience of model development as well as a deep understanding of plasma interactions with planetary moons, planetary surfaces and exospheres, especially the Jovian moons, would be an advantage. Experience from conducting independent research and publishing articles in renowned scientific journals is also a major benefit. The candidate should be highly motivated and responsible, have good social skills, and should be passionate about positive development both as an individual scientist and as a space physics research team member. Good skills in written and spoken English are a necessary requirement.

The application should include:
1. A cover letter stating your motivations for applying and summarizing your qualifications for the position, your previous research experience as well as your experience in the area mentioned above (max. 2 pages),
2. A curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
3. Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates,
4. A copy of the PhD thesis
5. Contact information of two reference persons.

The application must be written in English or Swedish. Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than December 11, 2020.

For further information, contact Dr. Shahab Fatemi,

We look forward to receiving your application!


January 15, 2021 or according to agreement.


Shahab Fatemi


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1588-20


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31




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