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Researcher in Plasma and Space Physics - Ionospheric Plasma Modeling and Experiments

Deadline: 09.06.2022

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The research at the Department of Physics covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad. Education and teaching are other essential activities.


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Job description

A position as Researcher in Plasma and Space Physics, with the focus on numerical studies of ionospheric plasma processes in the polar regions, is available at the Department of Physics.

The position is for a period of three years. Within the framework of the position, duties may be assigned.

Starting date: 1 September 2022.

More about the position

The position is funded in part through the ERC Consolidator Grant entitled: “4DSpace: integrated study for space weather at high latitudes” (55%) and in part through other external projects (45%). The project “4DSpace: integrated study for space weather at high latitudes” combines in-situ experiments by sounding rockets, ground-based measurements, numerical modeling, and satellite data. It aims to determine the role of auroral particle precipitation at different geomagnetic conditions in forming plasma density irregularities at various altitudes, by accounting also for collisions with neutral background. It will also establish foundations for the physically based forecasting of scintillations of trans-ionospheric radio waves in the polar regions.

Within the scope of the ERC Consolidator Grant project, the successful candidate will be responsible for large scale numerical simulations with numerical particle-in-cell codes to study the evolution of plasma instabilities and onset of turbulence at kinetic levels, accounting also for auroral particle precipitation and weakly collisional plasmas.

The candidate will also relate this work to results from in-situ sounding rocket experiments in the ionosphere. Another task will also be to address rocket payload-plasma interactions in order to understand the measurement conditions. The other part of the position is related to support of other ongoing activities in the 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative primarily with the numerical simulations and theoretical analyses.

The successful candidate will be a part of Section for Plasma and Space Physics at the Department of Physics as well as the 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative. The main focus of these groups is to advance our understanding of processes in the high-latitude ionosphere, including plasma irregularities, turbulence and space weather effects in the polar regions. The main tools used for this research are ground-based instruments, including radar and optical systems (EISCAT, SuperDARN, all-sky-imagers), advanced numerical models, and instruments on board spacecraft and sounding rockets. For more information, see here.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these positions will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The following qualifications are required:

  • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent with minimum two years of experience after completed PhD.
  • Strong background in plasma physics.
  • Good experience in numerical modeling and code development, in particular particle-in-cell methods.
  • A good command of English.
  • Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in data analysis from in-situ plasma measurements, preferably with sounding rockets or another spacecraft.
  • Experience in ionospheric plasma physics at high latitudes and dynamic phenomena related to solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 594 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summary of scientific work and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language). Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

An expert committee will evaluate the applications. Applicants of interest will be called in for interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: [email protected].

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