This project will investigate the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s ionosphere and its interaction with the charged dust and plasma near its rings. The Cassini mission will end in 2017 with close orbits through the ring systems and passages through the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Saturn. The Radio & Plasma Wave Science instrument package includes IRF’s Langmuir probe. Data from this will be analysed in order to study the ring dust and plasma and make the first detailed in-situ measurements of Saturn’s ionosphere.
Candidates should have completed a PhD in space physics or a related field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD before April 2017 may apply. If the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, this should be clearly stated. Candidates should demonstrate experience in spacecraft data analysis, as part of national and international collaborations.
Experience with theoretical modelling is an advantage, as is an interest in developing instrumental techniques and methods, and experience in coordinating scientific activities.
Further details: http://www.irf.se/jobb
Closing date for applications: 26 January 2017
Reference number: 2.2.1-312/16