JOB OPENINGS: 2 Postdoctoral and 2 PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

May 25, 2018, from Minna Palmroth

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. For example, we develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions. Our current research areas include magnetospheric dynamics as driven by solar wind, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration.

We are now opening two postdoctoral positions, and two doctoral student positions. The specifics of the positions are given below.

– Postdoctoral researcher with a strong plasma physics modelling background, having expertise in algorithm development. Modelling expertise in the following areas are considered an advantage: Kinetic plasma physics, Landau fluid theory, wave-particle interactions.

– Postdoctoral researcher with strong space plasma observational background, having expertise in magnetospheric dynamics. Observational expertise in the following areas are considered an advantage: Particle precipitation, radiation belt physics, wave-particle interactions.

– The doctoral students are regarded as strong candidates when they a have solid expertise in space plasma physics either in the solar or in the magnetospheric context.

Other useful skills for all applicants include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, experimental data analysis techniques. Previous knowledge of cubesat projects is also considered an advantage.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The positions are available immediately. The positions are open until they are filled.

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For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ and Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the above addresses.