Postdoc scholarship in space and atmosphere research based on the UV-detector Mini-EUSO on the space station ISS

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The workplace

The research will be performed in the Particle- and Astroparticle Physics group of the Physics Department of KTH at AlbaNova University Center under Prof. Christer Fuglesang.

Website of the group: www.particle.kth.se/

Project description

Analyze data from the UV-detector Mini-EUSO on the International Space Station ISS (see jemeuso.riken.jp/missions/mini-euso/  and arxiv.org/abs/1709.00405 ). The detector looks down on Earth from 400 km altitude, it has 2304 pixels with a very high time resolution of 2.5 microseconds and it is sensitive for single photons in the range 300-400 nm. The space resolution at ground is around 6.5 km. Mini-EUSO started data recording in October 2019 and is expected to continue for a couple of years.

Mini-EUSO is partly a technological demonstrator for a future large experiment that will study ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR), via their interactions with the atmosphere that create enormous particle showers, which in turn causes fluorescence and Cherenkov light in the UV-range. However, Mini-EUSO is also a unique experiment that offers several new research possibilities: atmospheric phenomena like Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), meteors and meteoroids, new limits for Strange Quark Matter (SQM) and extremely high-energy cosmic rays, marine bioluminescence and human created UV-light, make a UV-map of the Earth night-time and also determine the UV-background for future experiments. Of particular interest would be to combine data from Mini-EUSO with data from the ASIM experiment, which currently also is on ISS and is specialized for studies of TLEs.

This project is part of the large JEM-EUSO collaboration´s efforts. JEM-EUSO (Joint Experiment Mission for Extreme Universe Space Observatory) jemeuso.riken.jp/  has around 250 researchers from institutes in 16 countries. The candidate is expected to, at least partly, work together with several other participants in JEM-EUSO.

Qualifications

The candidate should hold (or is expected to obtain very shortly) a PhD in physics, in an area that is relevant for the analyses mentioned in the project description above. The degree must have been obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Experience of analysis of data from some research experiment is a requirement. The applicant must be highly motivated for postdoctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis. Good communication skills in oral and written English are required. The evaluation will be based on research experience and how well the applicant fulfills the above qualifications.

Application

Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to scholarshipapplication@sci.kth.se . You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2020-02-15. Mark your application with reference number S-2020-0082.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position/positions

Period: 2 years, with start as soon as possible

Extent: Full-time

Amount of scholarship: 1

Location: Stockholm

Contact

Prof. Christer Fuglesang, cfug@kth.se

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