Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Vacancy: Associate Professor in Space Physics, Tromsø

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a position vacant as førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) in Space Physics. The position belongs to the Department of Physics and Technology, and the research group in Space Physics.

The position’s affiliation: The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of the following departments: Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Engineering and Safety, Department of Geology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Physics and Technology.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of three research groups: (1) Energy and climate physics, (2) Space physics, and (3) Electrical engineering. The department provides education at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels. The department comprises 18 permanent professors, and a technical/administrative staff of 9 persons. The department conducts research and education at a high international level, and our employees are engaged in several international collaborative projects.

The position’s field of research/field of work In consideration of the group’s research development and resources of the department, the successful applicant must be prepared to take part in research activities within fields already established within the group. Within the space physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, the main research activity within the polar upper atmosphere (ionosphere) is by usage of EISCAT’s incoherent scatter radar- and heating facilities as well as ground-based infrastructure in Ramfjordmoen near Tromsø, as well as the EISCAT Svalbard Radar. EISCAT is an international research project where 7 countries are participating. A new EISCAT_3D system is in a preparatory phase, funded by EU. Facilities for high resolution interferometric observations of fine structures in the ionosphere as well as mesospheric studies have been employed recently. The group is involved in rocket experiments from the Andøya Rocket Range and from Svalbard, and takes part in the research at the LIDAR facility ALOMAR at Andøya.  The experimental activity at the in-house plasma laboratory (Aurolab) is oriented towards phenomena and processes with relevance for the ionosphere and for solar wind plasmas.

Further information about the position is available by contacting: Head of Department, Professor Alfred Hanssen email: Alfred -dot- hanssen -at- uit -dot- no, tel.: +47 77 64 51 82, or Professor Unni Pia Løvhaug email: unni -dot- pia -dot- lovhaug -at- uit -dot- no, tel.: +47 77 64 62 92.

Application deadline: 24th June 2012.

More information can be found at

TextÅshild Fredriksen, University of Tromsø.  Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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