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Job advertisement The EISCAT Scientific Association is looking for a Director

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The EISCAT Scientific Association is looking for a Director

The EISCAT Scientific Association is looking for a Director

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EISCAT Scientific Association

The EISCAT Scientific Association was established in 1975 and its first incoherent scatter radar system became operational in 1981. Since then, the facilities of the EISCAT Scientific Association have been continuously developed and extended and today comprise world-class radars and a powerful ionospheric heating facility. Developments in hardware, software, and observational techniques have allowed the range of science addressed to be dramatically broadened since the first observations were made and the Association continues to provide and develop appropriate tools to support its user community. Access to the world-class EISCAT facilities is provided to all scientists in the Associate countries and to other Affiliates, and processed data products are made freely available to all. In this way, EISCAT has played a pivotal role in supporting research in many areas including solar-terrestrial relationships, solar system physics, geospace studies, space weather, and global change.

The scientific strategy of EISCAT is to understand the various forms of coupling between the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the terrestrial magnetosphere, ionosphere, and atmosphere of the high-latitude regions, natural and anthropogenic forcing, and related plasma physics and dynamics, and to achieve the necessary knowledge, understanding, principles, and techniques which would allow mankind to monitor, predict, and mitigate such processes within the next 30 years.

The specific goals of EISCAT are to develop large-scale facilities, techniques, and methods and, together with other ground-based and space-borne instruments, and as part of the global network of incoherent scatter and other middle and upper atmosphere radars, to encourage and undertake high quality research related to the global goal through studies addressing:

  • Behaviour and energy budget of the high-latitude regions, including space weather effects
  • Fundamental plasma physics and dynamic processes in the near Earth space environment
  • Trends in atmospheric and ionospheric conditions, including long term/global change
  • Properties and dynamics of the interplanetary environment
  • Parametrisation of these processes and the development of techniques for their prediction


Kiruna, Sweden


Full time


Salary to be negotiated

Preferred education

Application deadline
20 September 2020

6 July 2020

Job description

The Director will lead the operation and development of a $100M capital Arctic research infrastructure and 25 staff to serve a worldwide community of several hundred researchers. By the end of 2022 EISCAT will launch the new EISCAT_3D facility, a world leading radar for incoherent scatter studies that will offer exciting new measurement opportunities. The new Director will have a cross-disciplinary view and excellent communication skills to convey the scientific opportunities of this new facility to a broad research community.

The ideal candidate has a research background in atmospheric, geo-space or space science, or a related field. Experience of working with research infrastructures, managing large international projects and engaging highly qualified expert staff would be an advantage. The Director is expected to attract new funding and to bring additional international partners into EISCAT.

The new Director is appointed from January 2023 and can start working in the Association from April 2022. The full‐time Director post is for a five‐year period. Re-appointment is possible for an additional five-year term through an open recruitment process. The Director is based at the EISCAT main office in Kiruna, Sweden. However, a considerable amount of international travel should be expected.

Applications should include a resume and a one page statement of the applicant’s vision for EISCAT and should be sent by email to:, latest 17:00 (CET) on 20. September 2020. Applications will be treated confidentially. Candidates may be asked to participate in an externally performed pre-employment screening test at an early stage of the recruitment. Employment terms and conditions will be subject to negotiation with the board of EISCAT, the Council. For more information about the position, please contact the EISCAT Head of Administration Mr. Henrik Anderson ( or Council chair, Prof. Ingrid Mann (

The EISCAT Scientific Association operates and maintains an incoherent scatter radar system and an ionospheric heater in Fenno‐Scandinavia and another system on Svalbard. The expected annual operating budget is around 50 MSEK, excluding projects. EISCAT_3D is a state-of-the art multi-static, phased array radar system now being deployed at three locations in Finland, Norway, and Sweden to replace the current mainland system. The build started in 2017 and the new system will be ready for use in 2022. More information about the Association can be found at