PhD Research Fellowship in Plasma Physics and Technology
The position as PhD Research Fellowship in Plasma Physics and Technology is available at the Department of Physics. This project is related to studies of the dynamics of the large-scale currents (Birkeland currents) that couple the outer magnetosphere to the upper atmosphere (ionosphere). Application deadline 18. April 2017.
During this project the successful candidate will investigate the dynamics of the large-scale currents (Birkeland currents) that couple the outer magnetosphere to the upper atmosphere (ionosphere). The role of the currents during the magnetospheric loading/unloading cycle (magnetic substorms) and their impact on the formation of small-scale structures that cause signal disturbances in modern navigation systems like GPS and Galileo are of particular interest. The investigation will primarily be based on the analysis of measurements from the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE), complemented by data from optical facilities located on Svalbard, and time series from the first Norwegian scientific satellite, NorSat-1.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to take a leading role throughout the entire project, which includes data analysis, interpretation of results, and publication of the findings. It is also expected that the successful candidate works in close collaboration with the other members of the 4DSpace initiative.
Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, and preferably have pursued a Master project in space or plasma physics. Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June 2017 to complete the final exam.
Since the project is heavily reliant on data analysis, the ideal candidate has a proven track record in the analysis of large data sets; the specific programming language used is of minor interest.
Experience with the analysis of geophysical data from instruments like AMPERE, SuperDARN, all-sky imagers, and GPS scintillation receivers is considered a plus.
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