Institute for Solar Physics of Stockholm University – Postdoctoral Fellowship

October 1, 2018, from Richard Morton

Postdoctoral Fellow in determination of solar chromospheric magnetic fields with applications to space weather predictions

The Institute for Solar Physics at Stockholm University, Sweden invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow. The successful candidate will work on the “Determination of solar chromospheric magnetic fields with applications to space weather predictions”.

This work is part of a large project titled “Research to develop, verify and quality control the infrastructure for warnings of extreme and dangerous solar storms” which is funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. The project is a collaboration between the Institute for Solar Physics in Stockholm, the Institute for Space Physics in Uppsala, and the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

Qualification requirements:
Candidates must posses a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field at the start of employment. Experience in the inversion of spectropolarimetric data, non-LTE radiative transfer and significant programming experience are assets. The ability to work well in a collaborative project is important. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination, with equal opportunities for all.

Main responsibilities:
The candidate will work mainly with Dr. Sanja Danilovic, Dr. Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez and Dr. Jorrit Leenaarts on the further development and application of an inversion code that can reliably invert spectropolarimetric data from solar chromospheric lines such as Ca II 8542 and He I 10830. The ultimate goal is to develop a user friendly inversion code that can be used to derive force-free boundary conditions for both global and local magnetic field extrapolations that can be used as input to space weather applications such as the forecasting of the evolution of coronal mass ejections.

Terms of employment:
This is a 2-year full-time position. Candidates can start directly, and preferably no later than Jan 1, 2019.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Sanja Danilovic (

To apply for this position, please use the Stockholm University web-based application form in English before October 31st

The applicant must ask the reference persons to send their recommendation letters directly by email to (use only for reference letters).