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Two PhD Candidates in Space Physics

Deadline: 19.01.2020

The positions

The Department of Physics and Technology announces two vacant PhD candidate positions in the area of Space Physics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology. The candidates will conduct research related to the EISCAT 3D infrastructure.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The appointments are for a period of four years, with 25% of the student’s ongoing effort devoted to teaching or other duties for the Department of Physics and Technology.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of six research groups: Complex Systems Modelling, Earth Observation, Renewable Energy, Machine Learning, Space Physics, and Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics. The department provides education at Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels; and hosts 22 permanent academic staff, and a technical/administrative staff of 12 persons.

Studentship affiliation

Each position is attached to the Space Physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, located in the Tromsø campus of UiT. The Space Physics group has a long tradition in using the radar instruments of the EISCAT Scientific Association in Northern Scandinavia, and plays an important role in preparing for the new advanced atmospheric radar facility, EISCAT 3D. Scientists in the group conduct research on topics including auroral ionosphere; ionospheric modification; space weather; laboratory plasmas; space debris; planetary radar techniques and observations; dusty plasma in the mesosphere; long-term trends in the ionosphere; and planetary magnetospheres.

Field of research and role of the PhD Candidates

The EISCAT 3D radar infrastructure is currently under development in Northern Scandinavia and will provide a major, state-of-the-art upgrade of the current EISCAT incoherent scatter radar system to allow volumetric imaging of the ionosphere, and become the central piece of the international network of instruments monitoring the Earth’s upper atmosphere and space environment in the first half of the twenty-first century.

These two PhD positions are part of a strategic support to the EISCAT 3D infrastructure project and the associated research outcomes. Two strands of projects are offered here: the first strand is based on the study of so-called plasma lines, signals that can be measured by the incoherent scattering technique, a topic related to `micro’ plasma physics. The second strand involves the coupling of the ionosphere with the thermosphere, and falls within the realm of `macro’ plasma physics. The projects from both strands can, in practice, be observational, modelling-based, or a combination of both. There will be opportunities for the students to travel and visit collaborators abroad during the project.


Further information about the position, UiT, and project details is available by contacting:


These positions require a Norwegian Master’s degree within space physics, ionospheric / plasma physics, physics or similar, or a corresponding foreign Master’s degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian Master’s degree.

The suitable candidates should be proficient in both written and oral English, and should be able to work within an international collaboration. Excellent skills in scientific programming and knowledge of numerical methods, signal processing or radar theory is an advantage.

Other required qualification skills include:

  • Excellence in Master’s thesis work and from grade transcripts
  • Independence and self-motivation
  • Creative thinking
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

The position requires admission to the PhD programme. Admission requires that the candidate has at least 5 years of higher education, comparable to 300 ECTS. The applicant must have a Master’s thesis evaluated equivalent to 30 ECTS or more. The applicant must have grade C or better on the Masters’s degree, and an average of C or better. More information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here: https://uit.no/nt/phd

Candidates with a foreign education will be evaluated on whether the educational background is equivalent to Norwegian higher education. We use national guidelines according to NOKUTs country database. Applicants from some countries will have to document additional higher education in order to be admitted.

The assessment for the position will emphasize your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.


  • Your application must include:
  • Application and motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • Three references, preferably including the Master’s thesis supervisor
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works, up to ten
  • Diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement) for both Bachelor and Master level education

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document successful completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

All documents and letters must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Thesis and other academic works should preferably be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application must be submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Opportunities to travel and meet other leading scientists within the field
  • A state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The UiT campus is located near the centre of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75000 inhabitants, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample opportunities for e.g., sighting aurora, hiking and skiing. More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!

Terms of employment

Remuneration of PhD positions are in salary code 1017, and normally start at salary grade 54 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, corresponding to approximately 39900 NOK/month. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial arrangements for pension, insurances and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

You have to be qualified for and participate in our PhD study program. As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training; thus, if you already hold a PhD, or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

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