Institute for Solar Physics of Stockholm University – Support Observer

August 2, 2018, from Richard Morton

The Institute for Solar Physics of Stockholm University operates the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) on the Canary Island of La Palma.
Observers from Stockholm and international research institutes travel to the telescope and acquire data recorded with a suite of instruments, of which the ones most frequently used are named CRISP and CHROMIS. The goal is to study physical conditions in the solar atmosphere. After transfer to Stockholm, the data are calibrated and undergo computer-intensive image restoration. After this processing, data can be analysed by scientists and archived.

We are opening a full-time position as a support observer whose main responsibilities will be to perform observations at the SST on La Palma, to support other observers (on La Palma or remotely from Stockholm) mainly by reviewing the quality of their data, and to reduce data using existing software pipelines. The position is based at Albanova University Centre in Stockholm with stays on La Palma when required.

To be qualified for the position, you must have at least a Bachelor degree in astronomy, or a similar subject. Experience of scientific solar observations of high spatial resolution and reductions and/or analysis of data from such observations, is required. Experience from the SST and its data products, as well as Linux and IDL, is preferred. Programming skills in C, C++, or Python are desired. Proficiency in English is required for communication with researchers both within and outside the Institute.

The application deadline is August 15, 2018. Full details and application form at