Curriculum Vitae

Employment History


Assistant Professor
Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland


Associate Research Scholar (2020-2023), Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018-2020)
Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA


Research Assistant (2016-2018), Student Researcher (2011-2016)
Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland


Student Internship
Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland



Physical Science in the branch of Geophysics
Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN)
Awarded: February 7, 2018
Dissertation: Prospects for studying the heliosphere and its vicinity based on observations of energetic neutral atoms of heavy elements on Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe
Advisor: Dr. Maciej Bzowski


Physics with major in Theory of fundamental particles and interactions
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Awarded: July 4, 2013
Thesis: Dark Matter effects in the Inert Doublet Model in the light of the newest LHC data (in Polish)
Advisor: Prof. Maria Krawczyk


Physics within Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences under Individual Study Programme
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Awarded: September 2, 2011
Thesis: Dark Matter in the Thermal History of the Universe (in Polish)
Advisor: Prof. Stefan Pokorski

Invited talks and lectures

  1. P. Swaczyna, Our Interstellar Neighborhood: Observations of Interstellar Matter in the Heliosphere, seminar lecture, Warsaw Observatory Tuesday Seminar, 21 Nov 2023, Warsaw, Poland [recording available on YouTube].
  2. P. Swaczyna et al., Interstellar Neutrals and Pickup Ions from IBEX and New Horizons, invited talk, New Horizons Science Team Meeting #54, 26 – 27 Oct 2023, Boston, MA, USA.
  3. P. Swaczyna, Interstellar medium surrounding the heliosphere, invited talk, 41st Meeting of Polish Astronomical Society, 11 – 15 Sept 2023, Toruń, Poland.
  4. P. Swaczyna, Mixing Interstellar Clouds Around the Heliosphere from Observations of Interstellar Neutral Atoms, invited talk, New Horizons Science Team Meeting #53, 24 – 25 May 2023, Boulder, CO, USA.
  5. P. Swaczyna, Interstellar Neutral Atom Observations from 1 au to the Very Local Interstellar Medium, invited talk SH11B-03, AGU Fall Meeting 2021, 13 – 17 Dec 2021, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  6. P. Swaczyna, Local Interstellar Medium Probed by Neutral Atom Observations, invited talk, 40th Meeting of Polish Astronomical Society, 13 – 17 Sept 2021, Virtual.
  7. P. Swaczyna, The heliosphere and the very local interstellar medium revealed by neutral atom observations with IBEX, invited talk D1.2-0007-21, 43rd COSPAR Assembly, 28 Jan – 4 Feb 2021, Hybrid.
  8. P. Swaczyna, D. J. McComas, E. J. Zirnstein, J. M. Sokół, H. A. Elliott, M. Bzowski, M. A. Kubiak, J. D. Richardson, I. Kowalska-Leszczynska, S. A. Stern, H. A. Weaver, C. B. Olkin, K. N. Singer, J. R. Spencer, SWAP Measurement of Interstellar Hydrogen Density from Pickup Ion Observations, invited talk, New Horizons Science Team Meeting #45, 19 May 2020, Virtual.
  9. P. Swaczyna, S. Grzedzielski, M. Bzowski, Helium Energetic Neutral Atoms – a New Perspective for Heliospheric and Extraheliospheric Observations with IMAP, invited talk SH53C-05, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, 14 – 18 Dec 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Participation in research projects

See also the projects page.

  1. Grant BPN/PPO/2022/1/00017 (period of performance: 2023–2027, ongoing) from Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) Polish Returns 2022 with a research component financed by National Science Centre, Poland (NCN) (2023/02/1/ST9/00004), The outer heliosphere and its interstellar surrounding revealed in neutral atom and pickup ion observations, role: Principal Investigator (PI).
  2. International Space Science Institute (ISSI Bern) Team #541 (period of performance: 2022-2024, ongoing), Distribution of Interstellar Neutral Hydrogen in the Sun’s Neighborhood, role: Team Leader.
  3. Grant 80NSSC21K1686 (period of performance: 2021–2024, ongoing) from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ROSES-2020 Heliophysics Supporting Research Program, Mapping the Heliospheric Termination Shock with IBEX Observations and Modeling, role: Co-Investigator (Co-I, 2021–2023), PI: Eric J. Zirnstein.
  4. Grant 80NSSC21K0582 (period of performance 2021–2023, completed) from NASA ROSES-2020 Heliophysics Guest Investigators “Open” Program, Separation and Time-evolution of the Ribbon ENA Source Observed by IBEX, role: Principal Investigator (PI).
  5. Grant 80NSSC20K0781 (period of performance 2020–2023, completed) from NASA ROSES-2019 Outer Heliosphere Guest Investigators Program, Angular Scattering of Neutral Atoms: Observations and Interpretation from IBEX and Consequences for IMAP, role: Principal Investigator (PI).
  6. Prime Contract NASW-02008 (ongoing) from NASA New Frontiers Program, New Horizons, role: Postdoctoral Researcher (2019–2022), PI: S. Alan Stern.
  7. Contract 80GSFC19C0027 (period of performance: 2018–2025, ongoing) from NASA Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Program, Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), role: Postdoctoral Researcher (2018–2023), PI: David J. McComas.
  8. Contracts 80NSSC18K0237 (period of performance: 2017–2020, completed) and 80NSSC20K0719 (period of performance: 2020–2023, ongoing) from NASA Small Explorers Program, IBEX – Interstellar Boundary Explorer, role: Postdoctoral Researcher (2018–2022), PI: David J. McComas.
  9. Grant 2015/19/B/ST9/01328 (period of performance: 2016–2020, completed) from NCN Opus, Interstellar medium in the vicinity of the Sun: inferences from analysis of the flux of neutral atoms, role: PhD Student (2016–2018), PI: Maciej Bzowski.
  10. Grant 2012/06/M/ST9/00455 (period of performance: 2013–2016, completed) from NCN Harmonia, Polish participation in the NASA space mission Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX): astronomy of neutral atoms, role: PhD Student (2013–2016), PI: Maciej Bzowski.

Prizes and awards

Membership in scientific organizations

  • European Geosciences Union (EGU): 2014, 2015, 2017 (student), 2020, 2022 (regular)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU): 2014–2017 (graduate student), 2018–2023 (regular)
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU): 2021–current (junior member)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS): 2023 (full member)

Service and other activities

  • Co-convener of session The Past, Present, and Future of Heliophysics Through In Situ Observations of the Outer Heliosphere and the Interstellar Medium at AGU Fall Meeting 2023.
  • Primary convener of session Interstellar Medium Traces in the Time-Varying Heliosphere at AGU Fall Meeting 2022.
  • Member of Topical Science Group on Interstellar Neutrals for the Interstellar Probe concept study.
  • Chair of the Ph.D. Students’ Government in SRC PAS (Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2016).
  • Voluntary tutor on science workshops in Astronomy and Physics for gifted high school students organized by the Polish Children’s Fund.
  • Reviewer for The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The European Physical Journal Plus, Astronomy, Remote Sensing.
  • Reviewer and member of NASA ROSES proposal evaluation panels.
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