Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Space Physics at the Birkeland Centre of Space Science

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Space Physics at the Birkeland Centre of Space Science

University of Bergen

Bergen, Norway

The Department of Physics and Technology has a vacant position for a postdoctoral fellow within space physics with focus on ionospheric dynamics as it is driven by solar wind-magnetospheric interaction as well as by internal processes. The main emphasis of the position is on the interpretation of ground-based and spacecraft observations in the context of testing and developing current physical understanding. The position is for a period of 3 years and will be part of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS).

Project/work tasks:

A major objective is to understand the processes responsible for ionospheric dynamics. These range from external driving effects, e.g., related to the direction of the interplanetary magnetic field and inner magnetospheric processes, to internal effects, such as small-scale structuring as observed, for example, in polar patches, flow channels, aurora structures, and conductance variations. Birkeland currents play a crucial role in the electrodynamic coupling between the magnetosphere and ionosphere and are of particular interest here. The project will focus on the combined analysis and interpretation of complementary ground-based and space-based observations of ionospheric dynamics. The main data sets to be used include: AMPERE, SWARM, CHAMP, DMSP, SuperDARN, SuperMAG, EISCAT, GNSS receivers, solar wind data, magnetosphere measurements, and other supplementary ground-based instruments in the polar ionosphere. For context and aiding in the physical interpretations, the use of concurrent, modern, space environment models and simulations is also anticipated. Special emphasis will be on developing the comprehensive physical understanding that relates these various ionospheric effects and determines their consequences for magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or equivalent degree in space physics, or a related field, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded;
  • Applicants must have good programming and analytical skills;
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and to demonstrate good collaboration skills;
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

For this position, we especially look for a candidate having the following skills:

  • A detailed understanding of ionospheric physics;
  • Evidence of understanding the theoretical concepts of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling as it applies to the Earth’s space environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis of a variety of ionospheric ground-based and space-based observations;
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting ionospheric observations in the context of ionospheric dynamics and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling;
  • Demonstrated experience in researching ionospheric dynamics in response to solar wind interaction with the magnetosphere;
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large scientific datasets.

The successful candidate should be familiar with data analysis and have a good theoretical understanding of several of these fields. Specific, documented experience with some of the data sources listed above is highly desirable.

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