Work practice with the UH space physics team

I’m Martta, an 8th grade student from Mainingin koulu located in Espoo. I spent one week in a space physics research group at the University of Helsinki as I was required to complete a work practice program. I am interested in physics and natural sciences in general so completing the program in a research group was a great opportunity.

During the week I had the chance to learn about a lot of different things regarding space physics. For example: On my first day I learned about Finland’s first science satellite, Foresail-1. All of the satellite’s systems and scientific instruments were made in Finland. The main instruments of the satellite are the PATE particle telescope and a plasma brake. It also has a camera and the MATTI magnetometer.   The main point of the satellite is to gather knowledge helping to solve the problems of space debris in near-Earth space. The PATE particle telescope researches the radiation environment of near-Earth space. The plasma brake on other hand is needed when the mission of the satellite is over. With the plasma brake the satellite is able to descend to lower trails and eventually to the atmosphere where it will burn. Thus we’re able to decrease the amount of space debris.

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Getting a glimpse of a physicist’s job: Vocational secondary school training experience in the Space Physics group

Text: Ovee Tulaskar, 9th grade (TET student)
Finnish International School of Tampere (FISTA)

During the past week, the Space Physics group had the pleasure to receive the visit of 15-year-old Ovee Tulaskar from the International Finnish School of Tampere (FISTA). The aim for Ovee was to get familiar with the workplace environment and the day-to-day work of research scientists at various career stages. At the end of the week, Ovee wrote a summary of her experience in which she reflects upon what she has learnt and her impressions on the academic world.

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Project Coordinator for Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network SWATNet

We are seeking a PROJECT COORDINATOR for Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network SWATNet (Space Weather Awareness Training Network) at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. The position is for 3.5 years and would start on 1st of May or June, 2021

The SWATNet project establishes a unique PhD network in the field of heliophysics. The project aims at breakthroughs in our physical understanding – and ultimately forecasting – of key  Space Weather agents at Earth. The Consortium consists of nine Parties from eight European countries (Finland, Greece, Hungary, Belgium, UK, Italy, Poland and Portugal), as well as several recognized companies in the field. The project aims to educate 12 PhD students in the field of heliophysics with training by experienced supervisors in highly competitive, international research environments. 

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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Coronal Modelling/Observations at UH Space Physics team

We have now open a postdoctoral position in the field of modelling and observations of the solar corona. This position is part of the H2020 EUHFORIA 2.0 consortium, led by KU Leuven. EUHFORIA is a three-dimensional, time-dependent and data-driven space weather model targeted for near-real time forecasting. The postdoc is in responsible of the development of global coronal magnetic field models (based on our existing codes) for EUHFORIA and determining properties of solar eruptions using solar observations to constrain EUHFORIA’s flux rope models. The candidate should have a solid knowledge in space plasma physics as well as coding experience (e.g., Python). The other useful skills include expertise in coronal observations. The position is for about 2.5 years depending on the starting date.

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JOB OPENING: Two Postdoc Positions in Coronal Modelling

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics  is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. Our current research areas include physics of coronal mass ejections, their influence in the magnetospheric dynamics, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration. We are leading a Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space.

We are now opening two postdoctoral positions in the field of modelling of the solar corona. These positions are involved in the ERC Consolidator Grant project SolMAG (Unraveling the structure solar flux ropes and their magnetosheaths). One of the positions is involved to the development of data-driven coronal models (magnetofrictional and MHD simulations), the other one includes more applying the simulations and interpreting the simulation results. The candidate should have a good knowledge in space plasma physics as well as coding experience (e.g., Python, C/C++). The other useful skills include expertise in supercomputer environments, parallel computations, and coronal observations.

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Kesätöitä/Summer jobs

Helsingin yliopiston avaruusfysiikan ryhmässä on useita kesätyöpaikkoja tarjolla. Kesätyöt liittyvät avaruussääsimulaatio Vlasiaattorin parissa työskentelyyn ja auringonpurkausten tutkimiseen koronassa ja planeettainvälisessä avaruudessa. Projekteissa on mahdollisuus työskennellä sekä mallintamisen, että data-analyysin parissa. Plussaa Python-ohjelmointikielen hallinnasta ja plasmafysiikan perusteiden tuntemisesta, mutta nämä eivät ole vaatimuksena. Kesätyön pohjalta on mahdollisuus tehdä kandityö tai pro-gradu.

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“Space Corridor” at Exactum now officially opened

The Space Corridor inauguration party was organised on Thursday afternoon.  This event was also a perfect way to welcome several new researchers who have recently joined the UH Space Physics team. The party organising committee  had planned fun activities for getting to know each other better. We also voted for the best door sign and brainstormed for a name for our conference room.

Getting to know each other.
Our meeting room was named “Koskinen’s Korner” to honour Hannu Koskinen, a long-time space physics professor at the University of Helsinki and space pioneer in Finland.
Party committee Matti, Erika and Eleanna

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

UH Space Physics team moves to Exactum

The UH Space Physics team has relocated from Physicum to Exactum. Although we were sad to leave our fellow physicists, it is great that we are now all working close to each other. Our new premises are on the fourth floor (B407 – B427). Welcome to check the new “space corridor”!

Space corridor at Exactum
New headquarters of the Vlasiator key developers team (Markus, Urs and Tiago)
Eleanna and Erkka hanging up solar wind posters