The University of Helsinki ( is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

The Department of Physics offers the most varied university programme in the physical sciences in Finland. The department is large and multidisciplinary and employs about 200 people, of which 2 are academy professors (one of whom starting 1.9.2021), 17 are professors and 4 are associate and assistant professors. The research at the department and the research-based teaching follow a high international standard, are nationally significant, and promote the mental and economic wellbeing in society.

The Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki invites applications for a

A Doctoral Student position in the in the SWATNET Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network


The Space Weather Awareness Training Network (SWATNet) is a Marie - Sklodowska - Curie action Innovative Training Network (ITN) project. The project aims at breakthroughs in our physical understanding of the key agents of Space Weather. SWATNET educates 12 PhD students in the field of heliophysics with training led by experienced supervisors in a challenging, inherently international and interdisciplinary research environment. The consortium consists of nine Parties from eight European countries, as well as several recognized companies in the field. All students will be also introduced to the basics of solar observations at our partner observatory and conduct 1-3 months of industrial training. Please see for further information on the project.

The position announced here is in SWATNet Project 6, This project aims to investigate how CMEs evolve in the corona and quantify how this evolution depends on the magnetic structure of the CME, the instability responsible for the CME eruption and the properties of the source active regions. The project will combine state-of-the-art time-dependent magnetofrictional modelling and use extensive set of remote-sensing coronal observations.

The selected student will pursue a PhD double degree awarded by University of Helsinki and Finland, and KU Leuven, Belgium There is a 9 -months of compulsory period in KU Leuven (Secondment).


You need to be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research career. You shall not have lived for more than 12 months in the last 3 years in Finland (Compulsory national service and short-time vacations do not count).

Your previous degree must be relevant to the planned research topic and discipline. A degree is regarded as relevant if it includes sufficient studies in a discipline which, given the topic of the proposed doctoral dissertation, can be regarded as a suitable basis for doctoral studies. Education in space physics, space weather, plasma physics or similar field is required.You must have completed a Finnish second-cycle (master’s) degree or a foreign degree that makes you eligible for doctoral education in the country where the degree was completed. We require experience with Python and value experience in the analysis and visualization of three-dimensional datasets, experience with HPC, knowledge of solar observations.


The student will be selected based on
● Scientific excellence, background and potential
● Scientific potential to carry successfully out the research in the project
● Success in undergraduate studies (in particular courses relevant to the field/topic, thesis grade)
● Reference letters
● Passion about science, motivation to conduct research in the field of heliophysics and work as a part of a big and vibrant international consortium
● Creativity and level of independence, interest for science communication.

The applicants will be ranked and short-listed for the interview. The decision will be made by the Local Selection Committee and the SWATNET recruitment committee will oversee the process. The recruitment procedure of SWATNET follows the recommendations outlined by the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers


The position is full-time and funded for three years. The salary is competitive and complies with the MSC Work Programme: 3500 euros per month before taxes, consisting of Living and Mobility allowance after compulsory deductions. A conditional Family allowance of 385 euros can be added to the salary.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and live in Finland.


Please submit your application with through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position.

The application shall include the following attachments as a single pdf file (in English):

• Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications
• Transcripts of your academic records (list and grades of the courses and BSc/MSc works)
• Contact details for 2 referees (name, work address, phone, email)
• Motivation letter
• Indication of eligibility (read carefully from above).

Applications will be given full consideration if received by April 15, 2021, 23:59 (CET). Applications received after this date will still be considered, until the position is filled.


For more information on the position, please contact Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua(at)

SWATNet project at the University of Helsinki

For more information on the Early Stage Researcher requirements and employment conditions in the MSC Work Programme, please visit

For more information on the Doctoral Programme in Particle Physics and Universe Sciences (PAPU), please visit

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