JOB OPENING: Two positions (postdoc and a PhD student) in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European group specialised both in computational modelling and in spacecraft observations. We have developed the global magnetospheric beyond-MHD simulation Vlasiator.

We have recently completed the first 6-dimensional runs of the entire magnetosphere-ionosphere system, offering high-resolution results both from the 3D real space as well as from the 3D velocity space. Our first runs show how the ion-kinetic physics at small scales lead to global reconfigurations, and vice versa. We can also study how changes in the ionosphere influence ion-kinetic physics within the magnetosphere.

We are excited to open two positions, as follows:

(1) A postdoctoral fellow position for a 2-year project, with a possibility of extension pending funding situation and performance. 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.

(2) A PhD student will study the same processes as the postdoctoral fellow. This position is for four years, which is the nominal length of a Finnish PhD thesis project. The PhD student will write original papers that will comprise the thesis.

Prior knowledge and useful skills: Physics of magnetic reconnection, model development and/or data analysis, Python.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are innovative, high-spirited and a welcoming community. Finland is the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the world’s best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-family balance.

The positions are available immediately. We start reviewing the applications on 14 November, but the positions will remain open until filled. Interviews are held in Nov-Dec.

 For more information, please visit:

http://helsinki.fi/vlasiator

http://blogs.helsinki.fi/spacephysics/

https://www.helsinki.fi/sustainable-space

For specifics about the position, contact Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at)helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Hewan.Zewde(at)helsinki.fi by 11 Nov 2022, and cc minna.palmroth(at)helsinki.fi. 

JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (remote work possible)

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. We are the leading host for the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space, where our target is to understand the space environment to be able to build more durable small satellites for the future. The Centre of Excellence is essentially a space programme to build and launch three nanosatellites, each of which has both an ambitious science programme as well as a technology demonstration payload. The Space Physics group is also a home to the novel Vlasiator code, providing an unprecedented view of the global solar wind – magnetosphere – ionosphere system at ion kinetic scales.

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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (remote work possible)

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.

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WE ARE HIRING: Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions (remote work possible)

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. We develop in particular the global magnetospheric hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions and planetary radiation belts.
We are now opening two postdoctoral fellow positions for a 2-year project with possible extension, funded by the Academy of Finland. The postdoctoral fellows will focus on:
Postdoc 1: Using, developing and running Vlasiator to model space plasmas in extreme conditions
Postdoc 2: Applying Extreme Value Theory to  in situ measurements of electron fluxes in the Earth’s radiation belts.

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WE ARE HIRING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised in modelling of space plasmas. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods.

We are now opening a postdoctoral fellow position for a 3-year project funded by the Academy of Finland. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on developing Vlasiator and modelling space plasmas. Prior knowledge in at least one of the following areas is required: GPU technologies, high-performance computing, parallelisation algorithms, C++. Other useful skills include: plasma physics, Python supercomputer environments, version control.

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Assistant professor/Associate Professor/Professor position in space physics

Faculty of Science invites applicants for an Assistant professor/Associate Professor/Professor position in space physics. Deadline for applications is 15 February 2018.

For more information please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/assistant-professorassociate-professorprofessor-space-physics

The post is tied to our new Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space.

We are hiring: PhD student positions

JOB OPENING: PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland
The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a world-leading group specialised in modelling of the space environment. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator (physics.helsinki.fi/vlasiator), which is massively parallelised and regularly run on the largest European supercomputers.
We have recently obtained several new research grants, including a Finnish Centre of Excellence (2018 – 2025), a European Research Council grant (2016 – 2021), and an Academy of Finland grant (2018 – 2022).
We are now looking for PhD students in space physics, HPC or computational physics, to work on modelling of space plasmas, adaptive mesh refinement, communication reduction or other relevant HPC algorithms. Useful skills include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, and code repositories.
We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our the Centre of Excellence 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 are available from 1 Jan 2018, and they are open until they are filled.
For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, and maximum of three names to act as references to the above address.