Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading
expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through
innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our
location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our
scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close
collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public
actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual
turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.
In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects
in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and
globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these
cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they
entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the
skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable
companies and societies of the future.
We are recruiting a PhD student for a research project on geophysical
modelling related to forecasting of space weather events, specifically
Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC). Take the opportunity to study for a
PhD in interdisciplinary, dynamic, international research environment in close
collaboration with industry and leading universities worldwide.
Exploration geophysics is a topic based on physical laws and practices,
which combined with geological information can be used in a variety of
applications. Geophysical research at the Division of Geosciences and
Environmental Engineering includes both basic and applied research in
exploration, environmental and engineering applications.
You will take part in the project which aim to establish a prototype
service for monitoring and forecasting geoelectric fields that drive GIC in
Europe. The service will help operators to protect critical ground
infrastructure vulnerable to damage caused by GIC. The service will display
geographic hazard maps of near real-time and historical geoelectric fields,
continuously running short-term (lead time 15-70 minutes) and long-term
(lead time 2-4 days) forecasts, and a storm time mid-term (lead time 2-12
hours) forecast. The geoelectric field will be derived from full three-
dimensional (3D) induction modelling of the conducting ground as driven by
realistic external geomagnetic variations. The short-term forecast will rely
on machine learning modeling of geomagnetic variations from solar wind data
sampled at the Lagrange point L1. The long-term forecast will estimate the
activity expected due to solar wind co-rotating interaction regions (CIRs)
and high-speed streams. You will be responsible for implementing 3D induction
modelling of the conducting ground as driven by realistic external geomagnetic
As a PhD student you are expected to perform both field work and
theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your
results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals.
Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. You
will work primarily with geophysical (magnetotelluric) data. 3D geophysical
data modelling/inversion is a key focus of this PhD. You will work on
development and extending our MR3Dmod modelling/inversion framework.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a
researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a
great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects.
You must have a M.Sc or equivalent degree in geophysics, mathematics,
physics, geology or other relevant subject. Good understanding of theory and
numerical methods used in modelling and inversion is required. Experience in
software development (Python in particular) and management of large data
sets is important. You are expected to work in a team and are open to
collaborate with colleagues and external partners. Fluent written and spoken
English is required.
For further information about a specific research subject see General
curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology.
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other
department duties may be added with max 20%. The position will start in
For further information about the position, please contact: Maxim Smirnov,
Assoc. Professor in Exploration Geophysics +46 920 49 3413
firstname.lastname@example.org or Thorkild Maack Rasmussen, Professor in Exploration
Geophysics, +46 920-49 3413, email@example.com
Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529
firstname.lastname@example.org, OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 email@example.com
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Reference number: 1784-2022 Closing date for applications: September 30, 2022