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.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. UH Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics  is one of the leading European space physics group specialized 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 also leading a Finnish Centre of Excellence (www.helsinki.fi/sustainable-space). As our Centre of Excellence also 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 position can start as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.

Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and maximum of three names to act as references to Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua@helsinki.fi).

EUHFORIA run (Pomoell&Poedts, Space Weather, 2018)

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.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our Centre of Excellence also 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 can start at the earliest 1 Oct 2019 and are for two years at least. The positions are open until they are filled.

For specifics about the position, contact Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’ helsinki.fi).

Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and maximum of three names to act as references to Mila Hyytinen (mila.hyytinen ‘at’ helsinki.fi)

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.

Ota yhteyttä: Minna.Palmroth (a) Helsinki.fi (Vlasiator) and Emilia.Kilpua (a) Helsinki.fi (auringonpurkaukset)

Hakemukset Flamman kautta (Hakuajan jälkeen tulevissa mahdollisissa hakemuksissa ota yhteyttä Minnaan ja/tai Emiliaan)

University of Helsinki Space Physics research team offers several great summer job possibilities. Summer trainees will work with space weather simulation Vlasiator and with the projects investigating solar eruptions in the corona and interplanetary space. Both projects dealing with modelling and data analysis are possible. Experience with Python and basics of plasma physics are a plus, but not required. Summer trainee positions offer an excellent chance also for BSc and MSc theses topics.

information: Minna.Palmroth (a) Helsinki.fi (Vlasiator) and Emilia.Kilpua (a) Helsinki.fi (solar eruptions)

Apply through Flamma (for late applications contact Minna and/or Emilia)

 

“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

Finnish Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Space

Academy of Finland has selected 12 new Centres of Excellence. One of these, the Finnish Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Space, is led by professor Minna Palmroth from the UH Space Physics team. The centre aims at  sustainable utilisation of space by focusing on understanding the near-Earth radiation environment and solving the space debris problem with innovative new technologies. Minna is in charge of the modelling team and associate professor Emilia Kilpua, also from the UH Space Physics team, leads the Observations team. The project partners are University of Turku (proferssor Rami Vainio, instrument development), Aalto University (assistant professor Jaan Praks, building satellites and radiation protection) and Finnish Meteorological Institude (research manager Pekka Janhunen, plasma brake and electric sail technologies)

Read more details from the UH press release