Associate Professor in Plasma- and Space Physics

The position as Associate Professor in Plasma- and Space Physics is available at the Department of Physics, under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. Deadline: 29 March, 2016


The position as Associate Professor in Plasma- and Space Physics is available at the Department of Physics, under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. Ref. number 2016/2004.

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The announced position is associated with the Section for Plasma- and Space physics and the 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative. 4DSpace is the interdisciplinary initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo, involving Departments of Physics, Informatics, and Mathematics. 4DSpace works towards integrated multi-point, multi-scale studies of ionospheric turbulence with the new generation sounding rockets and satellites, and cutting edge numerical and analytical models. Activities within the research section and 4DSpace include in-situ measurements (such as the ICI-rocket series, QB50, NorSat-1, or European Space Agency projects), ground-based observations of the Polar ionosphere, and development of instruments, as well as miniaturized payloads and sub-payloads for rockets and satellites. The modeling of plasma instabilities and turbulence is carried out with fluid as well as particle-in-cell numerical codes. For more information, see here. 

Job description:

We are searching for a space plasma physicist, with a strong and broad experimental and data analysis background, that sees opportunities to take advantage of the 4DSpace collaboration.

4DSpace involves a leading instrumentation group, with specific expertise in instrumentation for kinetic scale physics (microphysics) observations. It is in charge of a sounding rocket program that takes advantage of the research infrastructure in the Norwegian Arctic to study plasma waves, instability processes and turbulence in the F-region cusp/polar cap ionosphere. 4DSpace also contributes to magnetospheric and planetary missions. The research group is participating in several ESA missions including Cluster, Cassini-Huygens, and Rosetta. The group has recently developed a miniaturized Langmuir probe system to be used in several satellite missions (e.g., CubeSTAR, NorSat, and QB50). In the coming years the group will commence 3D space plasma measurements by sounding rocket and miniaturized daughter payloads. On the theory side 4DSpace focuses on theoretical and numerical studies of basic wave phenomena, instabilities and turbulence in magnetized plasmas, with a particular emphasis on problems relevant for the satellite and rocket activities in the Polar ionosphere.

4DSpace aims to be in forefront in studying cross-scale plasma processes and the successful candidate should envisage how to strengthen, complement and further develop the research that is already carried out in the group. The candidate is expected to fund his/her own research by external grants.

Besides taking an active part in the research activities at the Department, the successful applicant is expected to supervise Ph.D. and master students. Both research and education within the research section and in 4DSpace include strong international collaboration.

Teaching duties will include undergraduate as well as graduate courses in physics. The teaching language of undergraduate courses is mainly Norwegian (Scandinavian) whereas for the graduate courses both Norwegian (Scandinavian) and English are used.

The person appointed to the position must be able to teach in Norwegian within a certain time limit after being hired.

The position will also involve administrative duties according to current regulations by the Department or Faculty.


Required qualifications:

Ph.D. in physics, and after graduation at least two years of research experience in a relevant area with a solid publication record in the peer-reviewed literature.Documented experience within experimental space physics and data analysis in the context of the Earth magnetosphere-ionosphere system, including aurora and space weather problems.Good and broad experience in working with multi-instrumental data from plasma instruments on board spacecraft (satellites or sounding rockets), and ground-based instruments, such as radars and optical instruments. Ability to work with different scientific databases that can allow for cross-scale studies of the ionospheric and space plasma processes, ranging from macroscopic to microscopic (kinetic) scales, as well as potential of establishing new data products.Capability of external fund raising.

Desired qualifications:

Experience from interdisciplinary projects.Experience from international collaborative research and educational projects.

Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years.


Interviews and trial lectures will be used as part of the appointment process. The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications, pedagogical or educational, the applicant's qualifications within leadership and administration as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.

Reference is otherwise made to rules regarding the procedures for appointment of persons to positions as professors and associate professors at the University of Oslo and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties.

References will also be contacted.


Position code 1011, pay grade: 61 – 71 (519 800 - 629 400 NOK) depending on qualifications.

The application must include:

The application should include information on education, former positions, research and teaching activities as well as administrative experience. The following information must be included:

  • Letter of application (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (overview of all publications)
  • Research statement and a complete survey and a brief account of those works that shall be the particular object of qualitative assessment with these works enclosed (the total should not exceed 10)
  • A complete overview of education and previous posts with attested copies of examination and employment certificates
  • Three references and a list of relevant qualifications and experience (with documentation)

Application with CV, application letter, list of publications and any other attachments that one wishes to enclose, must be sent through the University of Oslo's recruitment system, Easycruit.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

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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Application deadline: 29 March 2016.

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