Position as PhD Research fellow in Space and Plasma Physics is available at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo. The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Starting date as soon as possible and no later than 01.10.2015.
No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.
Job/ project description:
The position is funded through the research project “Cometary plasma environment studied by the Rosetta spacecraft”. The Rosetta spacecraft is currently accompanying the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and providing measurements of the comet environment and activity on the journey towards the Sun. This is the first time ever a comet is studied in such a detail. The project is concerned with analysis of data from the Rosetta spacecraft, in particular from the Langmuir probe (LAP) and other instruments within the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC). One of the main questions addressed is the role of dust in the plasma composition and dynamic plasma phenomena in the vicinity of a comet. A part of the project is related to data analysis from a sounding rocket for the dusty plasma experiment.
The successful PhD candidate will carry out data analysis and characterize plasma parameters in the dusty cometary environment, with the focus on the LAP performance. The candidate will also be involved in establishing models for the ionosphere of a dusty comet, and identifying mechanisms governing plasma processes in that region and its coupling with the solar wind. She/he will also be involved in studying plasma parameters around the sounding rocket in the dusty plasma environment, particularly in the context of probe performance to support the analysis of the RPC/LAP data. The candidate is expected to actively collaborate with partners in Sweden, USA, and the RPC team. The fellowship also includes longer visits/stays abroad.
The working environment will be the section for Plasma and Space Physics, The Department of Physics. The section is a part of the interdisciplinary 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo, combining Departments of Physics, Informatics, and Mathematics. For more information on the 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative see here.
Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)
The application must include:
- Application letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
- Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
- List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Documentation of English proficiency
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further. Original documentation may be requested.
In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.
UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
- June 19, 2015
- Associate Professor Wojciech Miloch
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