Thursday, 21 June 2012

Vacancy: Kinetic Space Plasma Scientist, Helsinki

The Space Weather Group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) seeks to fill a research position in space plasma physics simulations.

The candidate participates in global kinetic modelling of solar wind interactions with various Solar System objects by using the 3-D numerical kinetic plasma simulation platform HYB created at the FMI. We seek a candidate who will take the leading role to develop and to apply a new comet hybrid model to interpret plasma and dust observations from the forthcoming ESA's ROSETTA comet mission. ROSETTA will measure the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014-2015. The FMI has participated, for example, in the development and building of the plasma, dust and Langmuir probe instruments on the ROSETTA orbiter.

The applicant will also collaborate closely with other ongoing planetary plasma modelling activities and data analysis within the Space Weather Group. Especially, the group is intensively developing and applying hybrid simulations to interpret plasma and magnetic field measurements on ESA's Mars Express and Venus Express missions. Further, the HYB platform includes also a full kinetic PIC model, which is currently used to study the Moon-solar wind interaction.

Previous experience with programming is desirable. Familiarity with any of the following is an advantage: C/C++, Linux, particle-in-cell simulations, high performance computing, computer graphics, numerical algorithms.

For specifics about the position, contact Dr. Esa Kallio (esa -dot- kallio -at- fmi -dot- fi). Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vita with list of publications and two references to esa -dot- kallio -at- fmi -dot- fi. The starting date is upon agreement. The position is initially for one year with a possibility of extension. The position remains open until filled.

Text: Esa Kallio. Photos: Wikimedia Commons (link).

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