Vacant position: PhD Candidate in Radio Science and Ionospheric Physics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The position is attached to the Space Physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, which is located on the Tromsø campus of UiT. The Space Physics group has a long tradition in using the radar instruments of the EISCAT Scientific Association in Northern Scandinavia and plays an important role in preparing for the new advanced atmospheric radar facility EISCAT 3D. Scientists in the group also conduct research on topics including: auroral ionosphere, ionospheric modification, space weather, laboratory plasmas, space debris, planetary radar, dusty plasma in the mesosphere, and long-term trends in the ionosphere. The Space Physics group consists of eight faculty members and six PhD students. The group will be expanded by four PhD students and one postdoctoral scientist during the next year.

UiT is the Norwegian host institute for the EISCAT Ramfjordmoen facility, located near the campus, and will be the host institute for the upcoming EISCAT 3D radar with a projected cost of 700 MNOK.

The position’s field of research
The research will center around new observations that will be made using incoherent scatter radars around the world. There will be emphasis on developing methods that are applicable to EISCAT 3D, the next generation multi-static incoherent scatter radar that will be built in northern Fenno-Scandinavia. EISCAT 3D will be able to e.g. produce the first ever high resolution volumetric 3D vector velocity fields of the auroral ionosphere. The first light observations are expected to be performed in 2019-2020. The PhD candidate will be able to participate in developing new observational capabilities for this radar and likely be able to participate in observations using this new world leading facility.

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