Postdoctoral Position in Magnetospheric Physics, Sweden 2019

Scholarship Description:

The Department of Physics is looking for an outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral position in magnetospheric physics. The postdoctoral project will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Colorado, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Shandong University, Weihai.

The aim of the project is to accomplish a breakthrough in how we perceive plasma flows in Earth’s magnetotail.

Host College/University:

The Umea University aims to provide excellent facilities and state-of-art equipment and platforms in a creative, inspiring, international and highly interactive environment.

Degree level:

Positions are available for pursuing postdoctoral programme.

Field of Study:

Scholarships are awarded in the field of magnetospheric physics.

Scholarship Award: 

Salaries are paid on a monthly basis according to the established salary level for postdoctoral employment.


  • Invite is open to International students.
  •  Scholarship can be taken in Sweden.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in space physics, magnetospheric physics or in another area relevant for the project. To be eligible the degree should have been completed a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist.

Extensive experience in studying space plasma phenomena by analyzing in-situ spacecraft measurements is required. Previous experience from working with ground-based data and numerical simulations is also a merit. Experience from conducting independent research and publishing articles in renowned scientific journals is also a merit. Good skills in programming (e.g. C, Matlab and Python) are required. Previous experience from university teaching is also a merit. You should be highly motivated and responsible, have good social skills, and you should be passionate about developing both as an individual scientist and as a space physics research team member. You must, therefore, have an ability to work independently and as a team member. Good skills in written and spoken English are required.

English Language Requirements:

Students must have very good language skills in English, both spoken and written, is required.

Applying procedure Instructions:

How to Apply:
1. A cover letter stating your motives for applying and summarizing your qualifications for the position, your previous research and teaching experience as well as your experience in the area mentioned above (maximum 5 pages).
2. A description of how you would approach the project described above and a suggestion of a tentative research plan that fits your expertise (maximum 5 pages),
3. A curriculum vitae (CV) with a publication list,
4. Copies of relevant degree certificates,
5. Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications,
6. Contact information of three reference persons.

Please observe that all material must be in Swedish or English. If the material is submitted in other languages a translation to Swedish or English must be included.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

September 3, 2018.

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