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 (