The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in computational modelling of space plasmas and in spacecraft observations. In particular we are the PI institute for the global magnetospheric beyond-MHD simulation Vlasiator.
We have recently completed the first 6-dimensional runs of the entire magnetosphere, offering high-resolution results both from the 3D real space as well as from the 3D velocity space, revealing the first glimpses at what the ion-kinetic global magnetosphere looks like. We are excited to open a postdoctoral fellow position for a 2-year project, funded by the prestigious European Research Council. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on the 3D reconnection process within the simulation, looking both at the dayside and tail reconnection which occur simultaneously in the same simulation box.