Research associate in Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Helsinki
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Street Line 1: 
Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2
City: 
Helsinki
State/Province: 
Uusimaa
Zip/Postal: 
FI-00014
Country: 
Finland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is inviting applications for an ERC-funded postdoctoral position in computational and theoretical astrophysics. The positions are offered within the ERC-Consolidator Grant Project KETJU.

Successful applicants will join the Theoretical Extragalactic Research Group led by Professor Peter Johansson and are expected to work on the themes relevant to KETJU, including: cosmological simulations of early-type galaxy formation, modelling the accurate dynamics of supermassive black holes, the implementation of small-scale gas physics and black hole feedback, the calculation of the gravitational wave signal from binary supermassive black holes and/or the modelling of the formation and evolution of stellar clusters. 

The project includes international collaboration and provides ample funding for travel. The successful applicant will have access to the Finnish national supercomputing centre, enjoy a stimulating work environment, and is encouraged to develop a unique research profile within the framework set by the research project.

Applicants should have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely related field, and ideally also experience with numerical simulations and/or gravitational wave astrophysics. In addition, good programming and data analysis skills and a demonstrated ability for independent work are considered highly advantageous. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years with a possible extension for future years depending on performance and available funding. The earliest starting date is February 2024, but later dates are also possible. The annual gross salary will be within the range of 50 000-55 000 €/yr depending on experience and qualifications. The University of Helsinki is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests (max. 3 pages). This should include a summary of past research achievements and a statement of future plans. Please submit your application by email in one single pdf file [email protected] by midnight, Friday 15th December 2023. The applicants should also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent by the same date. Prior informal enquiries via email are also most welcome!

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$53000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$59000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

In addition to access to the the Finnish public health system, the job includes comprehensive occupational health care, as well as employer contributions to social security and pensions. Employees also have the right to six weeks of paid vacation per year, paid sick leave and paid family leave (up to six months for each parent). University housing at below-market rates can be provided for up to two years (subject to availability, with preference given to international applicants).

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Peter Johansson
Title: 
Prof.
Institution/Company: 
University of Helsinki
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Street Line 1: 
Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2
City: 
Helsinki
State/Province: 
Uusimaa
Zip/Postal Code: 
FI-00014
Country: 
Finland
Phone: 
+358 2941 51211
FAX: 
+358 2941 50610
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Peter Johansson
Subject: 
Research associate in Computational Astrophysics