Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Plasma- and Space Physics
Position as postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) in Plasma- and Space Physics is available at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo.
The announced position is associated with the group of plasma- and space physics and their STAR-initiative ("Space Technology And Research development centre") for a fixed period of 2 years. STAR combines efforts between the Plasma and space physics group and the Electronics group within Department of Physics. The main aim of STAR is to achieve full scale integrated collaboration between space plasma theory and experimental activities in order to implement the next generation space experiments. STAR has a leading instrumentation group, with specific expertise in instrumentation for kinetic scale physics (microphysics) observations. STAR is in charge of a sounding rocket program that takes advantage of the research infrastructure in Svalbard (optics, radars, GNSS scintillations) to study plasma waves, instability processes and turbulence in the F-region cusp/polar cap ionosphere. STAR also contributes to magnetospheric and planetary missions.
We are searching for a physicist with a numerical modelling background, to calculate scintillations in GNSS signals due to in-situ observed F-region plasma irregularities by sounding rockets.
The STAR group developed a novel Langmuir probe system for the Investigation of Cusp Irregularities (ICI) series of rockets, to measure absolute electron densities down to meter scales. The instrument is miniaturized and will also be used on several cubesat missions to be in orbit in 2014-2015 (CubeSTAR and QB50). The main goal of the current project is to verify that real time measurements of F-region plasma structure irregularities may lead to determinations of the resulting position uncertainties for the GNSS users on ground. The main part of the project will be to develop a software model to calculate the amplitude and phase fluctuations in the received radio signals on ground, based on the rocket observations of F-region irregularities. During the project period we will have two rocket flights to test the predictions from the model with GNSS ranging errors observed on ground.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or equivalent experience in a relevant area (e.g. radio science, scientific use of GNSS receiver systems, classical theoretical background on wave propagation in an inhomogeneous medium, experience in phase screen techniques, or other relevant experience). The candidate must have demonstrated strong programming skills for advanced data analysis and visualization techniques. A good command of English is required.
The successful candidate should write a brief description of how he/she will attack the specific project, and also document that she/he does have the necessary competence to successfully develop the actual model tool.
The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions.
Position code 1352, paygrade: 57 – 65 (NOK 468 400 – 542 900 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority).
The application must include
- Application letter
- CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
- Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
- A complete list of published and unpublished works, including up to 5 academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Names and contact details of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further. Original documentation may be requested.
An expert committee will evaluate the applications. Information and materials that should be considered by the committee must be submitted within the deadline. Applicants may be called in for interview.
In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.
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Head of Department, Professor Jøran Moen, tlf: 47 22 85 64 30, email: email@example.com