Five PhD positions

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Stockholm University
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
AlbaNova Universitetscentrum
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications for fully funded PhD positions in the following research areas:

Supernovae (observations): We seek a PhD candidate that wants to work on observations of supernovae. We are invloved in international collaborations such as the Zwicky Transient Facility to find new transients, and ePESSTO to classify them. For additional information please contact Jesper Sollerman (

Neutron star mergers (modelling): We seek a candidate to work on theoretical and computational modelling of transients arising from the merger of two neutron stars (a so called kilonova). With the LIGO gravitational wave observatory starting O3 runs in 2019 we expect several such detections in the coming years, and advanced microphysical and radiative transfer modelling is needed to interpret their light curves and spectra. The study of kilonovae can tell us about the origin of the heaviest elements, the behaviour of matter at extreme densities, and properties of new-born black holes. For additional information please contact Anders Jerkstrand (

First stars, cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization (modelling): We seek a candidate to work on numerical modeling of the era when the first stars and galaxies formed, also kown as the cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization. This research area is one of the frontiers of modern cosmology. We participate in international collaborations such as LOFAR and the future Square Kilometre Array which attempt to detect the 21cm signal from these eras. Depending on the interests of the candidate the project can be focused on the developments of new algorithms or on advanced simulations of telescope data and new methods to analyse these. For more information please contact Garrelt Mellema (

Star formation (observations): We seek a candidate interested in investigating star formation in galaxies. We propose a novel approach to probe massive star-forming region feedback on galactic scales and improve current methods used to study physical properties of recently formed stellar clumps. The project will make use of available HST optical imaging data and FUV spectroscopy, optical MUSE and NIR SINFONI spectroscopy as well as ALMA millimetre data. For more information please contact Angela Adamo (

Explosive events on the Sun (observations & modelling): We seek a candidate interested in studying the evolution of the solar magnetic field. The project's focus is on eruptive events that take place on different temporal and spatial scales and at different heights in the solar atmosphere. The research is multidisciplinary. The successful candidate will use both state-of-the-art observations as well as numerical models. For additional information please contact Sanja Danilovic ( or Jorrit Leenaarts (

The Department of Astronomy consists of 15 faculty staff, ~20 senior and postdoctoral researchers, and ~25 PhD students. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and has an international character. Most Stockholm researchers have an international background and English is commonly used both at the department and in daily life. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Qualification requirements & Selection

Please see the official announcement text for information about qualification requirements & selection. General information about the PhD-programme can be obtained from the Director of Postgraduate studies, Jesper Sollerman (


The application system opens on the 2nd of April and closes on the 23rd of April 2019. Apply for the position through this system by clicking the "Apply" button at the bottom of the official announcement page. This page also contains the information on what materials to supply.

We welcome your application!

Included Benefits: 

PhD positions at Stockholm University are fixed term salaried positions with full social benefits, including generous parental leave conditions and subsidized childcare. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
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