Academy Scientist (f*m) in Space Plasma Physics - IWF

Academy Scientist (f*m) in Space Plasma Physics - IWF

The Space Research Institute (IWF) is with about 100 employees from twenty nations one of the largest institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). The institute is located in the Victor Franz Hess Research Center of OeAW in the south of Graz. The IWF also operates a world-leading satellite laser ranging station at the Lustbühel Observatory. The Space Research Institute invites applications for a position as


in Machine Learning

Full Time | 40 h per week

The space plasma physics group at IWF Graz is involved in a number of current and future magnetospheric and Solar System plasma missions, i.e., Cluster, THEMIS, MMS, BepiColombo, Solar Orbiter, SMILE, JUICE, Comet Interceptor, Helioswarm, for studying fundamental plasma processes in the solar wind and magnetospheres of Earth and other planets. The science outputs from these missions can be maximized with support from theoretical and numerical studies, which enables studying also universal plasma processes beyond our solar system.

The institute invites applications for an academy scientist position in the area of numerical studies of space plasma processes. The position is available for up to six years.


  • The applicant must hold a PhD in physics, astrophysics, or a related field
  • Extensive experience in numerical simulation (PIC/MHD)of space plasmas and comparison with data from in-situ measurements
  • Records of achievements in several topics in theoretical studies of space- and astro-plasma physics
  • Advanced computational skills to work with HPC and GPU cluster is a prerequisite


  • Theoretical and numerical studies in the area of space plasma physics related to the science objectives of the space missions: Cluster, MMS, SMILE, Solar Orbiter BepiColombo, JUICE
  • Regular publications in the peer reviewed journals and presentations at the international conferences
  • Conduct of own simulation projects (funded by a third party if needed)

You will become a member of an active international research group working on a variety of topics of space plasmas. We will offer you an opportunity to establish your research career in a positive working environment. The annual gross salary according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) for this position is € 54.018,02. Depending on qualification and experience, the salary can be negotiated.

Please send your application: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a list of publications, (3) statement of the research experience (up to 2 pages), (4) up to three names of references with the contact information in a single PDF file via email to, mentioning Job ID: IWF109AS122, no later than November 30th, 2022. Review of application materials will start at October 15 th , 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Rumi Nakamura (+43-316-4120573). Find more information at:

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. Individuals from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.