Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, together with the the Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University, invite applications for a PhD position.
The PhD student will work on the production of gravitational waves through hydromagnetic turbulence in the early universe. The PhD project will address a number of topics including the generation of magnetic fields in the early universe at the end of inflation and during the electroweak phase transition, the production of primordial gravitational waves and their circular polarization from the resulting magnetic stresses, comparison with gravitational waves from other sources such as sound waves from the electroweak phase transition, detectability of primordial gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and other facilities.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Axel Brandenburg at Nordita, which also enjoys close interaction with the Oskar Klein Centre. The PhD student working within this project will be formally enrolled at Stockholm University within the Department of Astronomy, but will have office space in one of the Nordita buildings. An extension to a fifth year is possible if the student takes up teaching or other duties at the department.
The position will start on 1 August 2020, or some other date agreed upon.
Only online applications will be accepted. Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. Here you also find qualification requirements and selection criteria.
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