Opportunities for PhD Studies in Space Physics
The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, is integrated with the Uppsala University Department of Physics and Astronomy. The institute in Uppsala has extensive research programs in space physics, with ample opportunities for PhD research projects, and several professors and senior scientists to serve as graduate student advisors. There are also close links to other groups at the university, notably in astrophysics. It is expected that the department and division jointly can provide financial support for 5 - 8 graduate students in total in space physics, and that 1 - 2 new students per year can be accepted.
Space Plasma Physics Research Programme
The Space Plasma Physics Research Programme carries out experimental research in space plasma physics using data from instruments on satellites, and in the future also on space probes. Data sets are now under study from ESA four-satellite Cluster mission and from the NASA Cassini mission.
Examples of current research topics are:
The programme also carries out experimental research in space physics, utilising data from ground-based instruments at high latitudes, in co-ordination with measurements on national and international satellites. Our main ground-based instruments are provided by the large-scale international research facility EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Association) with radar stations in Tromsö, Kiruna, Sodankylä and on Svalbard.
An example of a current research topic is:
The scientific activities in the IRF `Physics in Space' (PHISP) Research Programme in Uppsala concern fundamental space physics, and involve studies of the physical principles, laws and mechanisms which control the Earth's interaction with its space habitat. For this purpose we carry out research on
We invite graduate students to enroll in any of these sub-projects or a combination of them. In order to ensure an efficient PhD education, we have long-term close cooperation with the Uppsala university graduate schools in fundamental physics, gradU (www4.tsl.uu.se/~gradU), and in applied physics, AIM (www.aim.uu.se).
In the experimental part of the PHISP research we utilise satellites such as CLUSTER and the International Space Station as well as ground-based research infrastructures and facilities in Scandinavia, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Alaska.
In the numerical work we run our advanced space plasma codes on Sweden's largest multiprocessor mainframes and clusters of computers and have been selected as one of few groups which will have access to the world's most powerful supercomputer which comes on line in early 2005.
The PHISP Research Programme has an extensive collaboration with national and international research groups in space physics, astrophysics, radio science and IT research, and with industry.
Contact person: Prof. Bo Thidé, email@example.com , phone +46 - 18 471 59 14
Last update: 2011-03-10 16:00 /Liza Dackborn