Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world-leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as LKAB, Ericsson, Boliden, ABB, Epiroc and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. We currently have 1 770 employees and 17 200 students.

We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research. Drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit.

Nortern Sweden is a European space region with several major players collaborating in space technology and space science. Luleå University of Technology provides research and education, the Institute for Space Physics (IRF) focuses on research and instrument development, and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), with its facility Esrange, provides services and infrastructure for access to space.

The Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Technology seeks a researcher to contribute to our growing activities. The position is located at the space technology division, in Kiruna. The Space Technology division offers a number of degree programs at advanced level. For example, a national civil engineering program on Space science and technology and an international program SpaceMaster in collaboration with several other universities in France, Germany, Japan and the USA. The division conducts research in the field of atmospheric science and space systems. Within atmospheric science, the focus is on studying planetary atmospheres and developing instruments for planet exploration. In space systems, research is conducted on systems for observation, instrumentation, communication and manipulation in the upper atmosphere, in space and on planetary objects. Our research and education are supported by high-quality infrastructure such as our Asteroid Engineering Laboratory.

We solicit applications for two 4-month researcher positions from candidates with documented experience in planetary science or a closely related field.

Subject description
Onboard space systems include systems for control, instrumentation and communication in the upper atmosphere and in space. Of particular importance are reliable, radiation resistant low-power electronic systems and miniaturization of these.

Project description
You will join a team that carries out theoretical, numerical, and experimental research on near-Earth objects. Of particular interest is their non-trivial disintegration on orbits that bring them close to the Sun.

You will either 1) prepare for and conduct experimental research on asteroid-analogue materials with a high-power lightsource and a dirty vacuum chamber to place experimental constraints on the destruction of asteroids close to the Sun or 2) carry out studies on the orbital dynamics of near-Earth objects to understand the delivery mechanisms of these objects to Sun-approaching orbits.

To qualify as a researcher the applicant must have a PhD in planetary science or a closely related field. Documented experience with either one of the above duties for the positions is required.

Most employees in Onboard Space Systems are currently men why we would like to see female applicants. Provided that the qualifications are the same, the underrepresented gender will be given priority.

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Victoria Barabash, +46 980-675 32, or Mikael Granvik, +46 980-675 79,

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, (+46)920-49 1529 or OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Explicitly mention if you apply for only one of the positions or both positions.

Reference number: 1041-2021
Last day of application: April 9, 2021