JOB OPENING: Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (remote work possible)

December 3, 2020, from Minna Palmroth

The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and theoretical/computational modelling of space plasmas. We develop in particular the global magnetospheric hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions and planetary radiation belts.

We are now opening two postdoctoral fellow positions for a 2-year project with possible extension, funded by the Academy of Finland. The postdoctoral fellows will focus on:
Postdoc 1: Using, developing and running Vlasiator to model space plasmas in extreme conditions
Postdoc 2: Applying Extreme Value Theory to in situ measurements of electron fluxes in the Earth’s radiation belts.

Prior knowledge and useful skills:
Postdoc 1: Supercomputing environments and/or model development and/or data analysis
Postdoc 2: Statistical methods and/or machine learning and/or deep learning

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are innovative, high-spirited and a close community, and Finland is the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-family balance.

The positions are available immediately. Remote working will be possible for part of the project. We start reviewing the applications on 17 December 2020, but the positions will remain open until filled.

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For specifics about the position, contact Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at), position 1; Adnane Osmane (adnane.osmane(at), position 2. Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the position’s responsible person above and cc the other.