Applications are invited for a PhD position at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. The PhD position is part of Asst. Prof. Jouni Kainulainen’s research group at the Galactic astronomy unit of the Astronomy and Plasma Physics division.
What physics regulate the efficiency and rate of star formation in the interstellar medium is a major open question in modern astrophysics. The offered PhD project focuses on using a range of observational techniques from near-infrared to mm wavelengths to study the internal structure of molecular clouds in the Milky Way. The observations enable a study of the statistical properties of molecular clouds, and further, understanding the physical processes taking place in them. Ultimately, this leads to constraints for molecular cloud evolution models and models of star formation.
The student will have an exposure to State-of-the-Art observing facilities, an opportunity to influence the project details, and a possibility to combine the work with theoretical modeling. The position is offered up to five years and includes duties, e.g. teaching activities, up to 20%.
A successful candidate has a M.Sc. in physics or astronomy. Basic knowledge in ISM physics and star formation is required. Good English is required. Computing skills, experience with observations, and writing skills are beneficial.
The applications are submitted via an online system (follow the given link).