Nordic Postdoctoral Plasma Physics Fellowship (NORPPA) in Astrophysics and Space Physics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Helsingin yliopisto
Faculty of Science
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Nordic Postdoctoral Plasma Fellows (NORPPA Fellows) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The selected fellows will lead an independent research program on a topic that has strong synergy with the plasma astrophysics and/or space physics research conducted in Helsinki. We anticipate being able to offer multiple positions.

A successful applicant will work in a vibrant research environment with theoretical, observational, and computational research on astrophysical and space plasmas. The fellow will conduct research under the mentorship of professors in astrophysics (Joonas Nättilä; and space physics (Minna Palmroth; The proposed research can be independently directed and/or involve substantial collaboration with local researchers. 

Application process: The initial appointment will be for 2 years, with an anticipated renewal for a total of 4 years. The start date is flexible. The applicant should have a Ph.D. in astrophysics, plasma physics, space physics, computational physics, or a related field (by the appointment date).  Applicants should submit a CV with the list of publications, a research statement (max. 3 pages), and arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly by the writers. The research statement should summarize past research achievements and describe the planned research program. All application material should be sent to nattila.joonas(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject title "NORPPA Fellowship Application 2023" by December 1st, 2023. The University of Helsinki fosters equality, diversity, inclusion, and workplace well-being. 

Helsinki: Finland has been selected as the happiest country six times and is one of the safest locations worldwide. We enjoy beautiful nature and the cleanest air in the world. Helsinki is an international city with many cultural and recreational activities and outstanding services for families and children. The plasma research at the University of Helsinki is supported by numerous grants, including 3 ERC grants and the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence project. 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$47,000USD to $52,500USD
Included Benefits

The annual salary will be approximately 450000-50000 EUR, including comprehensive occupational health care access. The fellows will also have ample travel funds and access to exceptional computing resources, including the pre-exascale supercomputer LUMI and a new, dedicated local computing cluster. In addition, the position includes a paid five weeks of vacation per year, paid sick leave, and an option for a paid 6-month parental leave (per parent).

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 07
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 01


Joonas Nättilä