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PhD Research Fellowship in Space and Plasma Physics, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Jun 01, 2015

Deadline: Jun 19, 2015

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

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

The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Physics or related discipline.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates with background in space physics and/or plasma physics and data analysis.

The successful candidate should prove good knowledge in statistical data analysis techniques, statistical physics, plasma physics, and a working knowledge with data analysis software, for example Matlab. In addition an experience with the SPICE software and analysis of large datasets from relevant space missions, in particular Langmuir probes, will be a great asset. Any additional relevant skills will be taken into account.

Candidates graduating no later than June 15, 2015 will be considered. In case the studies are not yet completed, the transcripts of grades and the status of the studies should be provided with the application. The final degree’s documentation needs to be supplied later.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information seehere and here.

A good command of English is required.


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.

          Working hours:

  • Full-time

    Application deadline:
  • June 19, 2015

    Reference number:
  • 2015/6984

    Home page:

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