We are looking for a motivated and analytical PhD candidate who wants to investigate outstanding questions in astrochemistry. You will have the opportunity to work on theoretical and observational investigations of chemical evolution in star-forming environments under the supervision of associate professor Eva Wirström, in connection to the Chalmers Initiative on Cosmic Origins and international collaborators.
This research project will focus on the formation and build-up of water and organic molecules in molecular clouds and envelopes from which young stars form, where the presence of microscopic dust grains has a major impact on the chemistry. In these environments, molecules form and react both in the gas-phase and on the dust surfaces, forming ices, and one of the goals is to investigate mechanisms for transitions between gas and ice phase and their effects on the chemical evolution. Depending on your background and interest, theoretical work can be complemented by observational studies of molecular inventories.
Your major responsibilities as a PhD student is 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 performing other duties.
Position: Full-time temporary employment for 4 years starting in mid-2021, including course work corresponding to 1 year. To qualify for the position you must have completed a MSc or equivalent degree in astrophysics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, or scientific computing. Completed courses in astronomy and experience in programming (e.g. python, C++, Matlab) or radio astronomy observational techniques, are considered assets for the position.
Applications only accepted through the Chalmers on-line application system. Deadline 28 February.