Postdoctoral Researcher, Space Research Laboratory

The Space Research Laboratory at University of Turku, Finland invites applications for contract-based, fixed term postdoctoral researcher position for 2 years. The starting time of the position is flexible but no later than 1st of July 2024.

Job description

The Space Research Laboratory in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Turku is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and theoretical/computational modelling of space plasmas and solar energetic particles. We are now opening a postdoctoral researcher position for 2 years, funded by a Research Council of Finland project ‘SolShocks’. This position will focus on imaging and spectroscopy of radio shock signatures from the Sun with the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

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Who we are looking for

The candidate should hold a PhD in solar or space physics, or a related field. Prior knowledge and useful skills include experience with Python data analysis and multi-wavelength solar observations. In particular, we welcome candidates with previous knowledge of radio interferometry, big data handling and high-performance computing.

We welcome applicants from under-represented minorities and diverse backgrounds.


We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are innovative, high-spirited and a close community. Finland also offers a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the best schooling system, vacations, and possibilities for work-life balance. We take care of your well-being at work and the functionality of your everyday life, e.g. with the help of flexible working hours and our well-being services.

Please read more about University of Turku as an employee from our Come work with us! pages.

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. 

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Salary and trial period

The salary is determined in accordance to the University salary system for teaching and research personnel. For a Postdoctoral Researcher, the initial salary is around 3400-3700€/month, depending on previous experience and skills.

The position has a trial period of six months.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 26.2.2024 at 16.00 (EEST GMT+3 / at 13:00 UTC).

Applications must include:

  • a motivational letter in English
  • Curriculum vitae including contacts of two referents
  • a list of publications
  • copies of PhD Diploma certificates

(Please note that the application form does not specify the attachments.)

Interviews will be held at the end of February/beginning of March.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact: Academy research fellow Diana Morosan, (diana.morosan(at)

With questions about the application process, please contact: HR Specialist Saija Marjasto. (saija.marjasto(at)

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The main research fields of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are material physics, quantum mechanics, and astronomy and space research. Physics and Astronomy are among the oldest disciplines at the University of Turku. Today the Department offers a rich curriculum supported by a broad research profile. The teaching covers experimental and theoretical physics as well as astrophysics and astronomy. High-quality basic research is accompanied by original and successful development of physical applications for industrial purposes.

In the Faculty of Science, we seek the truth and develop solutions for sustainable future and intelligent society. Science Fiction becomes reality.

The University of Turku is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. With us, your work will have a significant impact and relevance in the changing world.

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