JOB OPENING: PhD position in Solar & Space Physics – University of Helsinki, Finland

We invite applicants for a 4yrs PhD position at the University of Helsinki. The selected candidate will work for the recently funded Academy of Finland project SOFTCAT (Solar Open Flux Topology Comprehensive investigATion of the origin of the open field emanating from the Sun).

The start time of the position is September 2023. The application period is open until 30.06.2023.

About the project & the position: The key goal of project SOFCAT is to identify sources of open solar magnetic field stretching away from the Sun; one of the outstanding open questions in the field of solar and space physics. SOFTCAT will investigate the relevant physical processes taking place in different regions at the Sun, its atmosphere, and inner heliosphere, both from an observational and a fundamental plasma physics perspective. The selected candidate will contribute towards this research via simulations and observations.

Requirements: The applicant is expected to hold an MSc diploma in Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics or relevant fields with a good study record. Interested candidates should send the following to Dr. Eleanna Asvestari (

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • BSc & MSc transcripts
  • 2-3 names to act as references

About the group: The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and theoretical/computational modelling of space plasmas. It is an international working community that fosters a culture of equality, diversity, inclusion, and work-wellbeing. The group provides plenty of opportunities to grow hard and soft skills, such as computer programming and data visualisation, networking, communication, and leadership.

For specifics about the position, contact Dr. Eleanna Asvestari (

10 thoughts on “JOB OPENING: PhD position in Solar & Space Physics – University of Helsinki, Finland”

  1. Greetings Madam/Sir,
    My name is Jothi Manikandan.S.V. I live in India. I studied Master of Science in Physics at The Gandhigram Rural Institute, India in 2020. I have doubt, May I know? Is there any prerequisite to learn for attending the interview?. Shall I revise classical mechanics and classical electrodynamics?
    Thankyou very much.

    1. Hi Jothi,
      Thank you for your interest in this position. You do not need to revise anything.

  2. I did all my education in the English language. I am curious if I should have a special exam to show my English proficiency?

    1. Hi Kamal, it depends on where you got your education diploma from. For the University of Helsinki, if one has completed their education in English in the following countries then no special exam is required. These countries are Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America, and EU/EEA countries. You can read more about the requirements here:

  3. Greetings madam,
    My name is Bhavya Shibu R. I live in india. I have completed my masters of science in physics at university of Kerala, india in 2022.May I know? Is there any publications required for this position?
    Thank you.

    1. Dear Bhavya, no publications are needed for applying to this position. Only the documents listed in the post.

      Kind regards,

  4. Dear Dr. Eleanna Asvestari,

    I understand that the deadline for this position passed a month ago, and since this post is still up, I was wondering if this position still open for application or have you found your candidate. I would be grateful if you could provide me the current status of this position.

    Thank you


    1. Dear Rayyan, thank you for your interest on this position, however, it has already been filled.
      Kind regards,

      1. Dear Dr. Eleanna Asvestari,

        Thank you for your reply and good luck with your future endeavors.


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