We are looking for a motivated and analytical PhD candidate who wants to dig into the details of how complex geometric and physical information can be derived from observations of molecules in space. You will have the opportunity to work on theoretical modeling closely connected to planned and ongoing space missions, supervised by associate professors E. Wirström and P. Bjerkeli.
Research project: Planning and interpretation of astronomical observations, in particular observations of the thin, gaseous exospheres of water associated with the icy Galilean moons of Jupiter, from ESAs JUICE mission. Work will involve implementing sophisticated 3D structures in non-LTE radiative transfer models to interpret spatially and spectrally resolved line profiles and emission in continuum with the goal to determine exosphere distribution and composition. Using data acquired with ALMA and JWST, there will also be opportunities to model emission from young star forming regions.
Major responsibilities: To pursue your own doctoral studies to become an independent researcher. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position may also include teaching or other duties.
Position: 4 years full-time temporary employment starting in fall 2022, including course work corresponding to 1 year. To qualify you must have completed a MSc or equivalent degree in astrophysics, astronomy, physics, or scientific computing. Completed courses in astronomy, experience in programming (python, C++, Matlab), teaching, and science communication are considered assets.
Applications only accepted through Chalmers on-line application system. Deadline 15 May.