Thursday, 22 March 2012

Vacancy: PhD Research Fellowship in Space Physics, Oslo, Norway

A position as a PhD student is available at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. The position, with a starting date of 1st October 2012, is for four years.

The announced position is associated with the group of plasma- and space physics and their STAR-initiative ("Space Technology And Research development centre"). STAR is a strategic initiative by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The main aim of STAR is to achieve full scale integrated collaboration between space plasma experimentalists, theoreticians and numerical specialists in order to implement the next generation instruments.

The research area for the vacant position will be investigation of space plasmas by in-situ measurement techniques. STAR is in charge of the Investigation of Cusp Irregularities (ICI) sounding rocket program, with a world leading instrument package, specially designed to explore plasma instability modes, plasma structuring, and turbulence in the auroral cusp ionosphere and within polar cap patches. ICI is a basic research project with space weather applications for the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and communication services in the polar cap. Two successful rocket flights are in record and the third rocket will be launched from Svalbard in winter 2013/14. Ground- based radar, optical and GPS observations are used to frame the larger scale context of the micro-scale measurements.

Candidates need to hold a PhD or have completed their PhD by 30th June 2012.

Deadline for application is 15th April 2012. (This call is now closed.)

For more information, please refer to the job announcement by the University of Oslo.

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