FORESAIL has set sail!

The kick-off meeting of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space was held at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Helsinki-Tallinna cruise on 18-19 December.  UH Space Physics group leads the Observations and Modelling teams. We defined our detailed  research targets and discussed with the other teams the requirements for our FORESAIL nanosatellites.

Director of the centre Minna Palmroth opening the kick-off meeting
Jaan Praks tells how to build a satellite
Discussion continued after dinner

We are hiring: PhD student positions

JOB OPENING: PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland
The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a world-leading group specialised in modelling of the space environment. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator (, which is massively parallelised and regularly run on the largest European supercomputers.
We have recently obtained several new research grants, including a Finnish Centre of Excellence (2018 – 2025), a European Research Council grant (2016 – 2021), and an Academy of Finland grant (2018 – 2022).
We are now looking for PhD students in space physics, HPC or computational physics, to work on modelling of space plasmas, adaptive mesh refinement, communication reduction or other relevant HPC algorithms. Useful skills include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, and code repositories.
We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our the Centre of Excellence builds and launches cubesats establishing new technologies with cutting edge scientific payloads, our community extends from space physics to space technology and entrepreneurial startups.
The positions are available from 1 Jan 2018, and they are open until they are filled.
For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, and maximum of three names to act as references to the above address.