PhD students in Astronomy (4)

Ref. No. SU FV-2035-19

at the Department of Astronomy.
Closing date: 1 August 2019.

The department 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.

Project description
The department invites applications in the following research areas:

  • Supernovae
    A PhD candidate position is available for work on supernovae and supernova remnants. The project can be observationally driven or leaning more toward modeling. We are studying supernovae with large radio arrays, and are running programs to study the early optical emission from supernovae and gravitational-wave counterparts. We have also obtained observations of supernova remnants with the ACA millimeter array and with HST. The underlying drive is to understand the physical processes in these objects.
  • Galaxies
    We seek a PhD candidate interested in working on an observational project in galaxy evolution, addressing questions on how star formation feedback affects the interstellar medium in galaxies, and its transparency to Lyman alpha and ionizing radiation.  We have obtained data on dwarf starburst galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope and the MUSE instrument on ESO/VLT. We are also involved in the construction of an instrument for the ELT and a PhD project on preparatory science is another opportunity.
  • Exoplanets
    We seek a PhD candidate to work on exoplanet characterization. Our team works with a range of exoplanet detection methods including direct imaging, where we are currently leading an ESO Large Program survey called BEAST, which is performed with the SPHERE high-contrast instrument. The planetary objects detected in the survey will be amenable to spectroscopic and orbital characterization, which can be done partly with SPHERE itself and partly with other facilities such as MUSE, as well as near-future instrumentation in construction such as CRIRES+ and ERIS.
  • Stars
    We seek PhD candidates to work on observational and/or theoretical stellar spectroscopy with million-star surveys of the Milky Way. We are part of large international survey teams that map the chemical composition, ages and dynamics of stars to study the formation history of the Galaxy, the physics of stars, and the origin of chemical elements.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant for a studentship at a researcher level in astronomy must have completed 60 credits of non-overlapping courses in physics/astronomy at an advanced level. Of these, at least 30 credits should be in the form of independent work in astronomy, with a passing grade. The specific entry level requirements can also be fulfilled through having equivalent documented competence.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employmentThe term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, 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.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Subject-specific questions can be sent to Peter Lundqvist,, regarding supernovae, Göran Östlin,, regarding galaxies, Markus Janson,, regarding exoplanets, and Karin Lind,, regarding stars.

Further general information about the PhD-programme can be obtained from the Director of Graduate studies,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2 references. Please ask your referees to send in letters to the adress mailto: by the deadline, 1 August 2019.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Statement of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing:
    – which of the advertised projects you are primarily interested in
    – why you are interested in this project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question 
    (the statement of interest may be merged with the cover letter if desired)
  • Degree certificates (if already awarded), grades and possibly other documents supporting general and specific entry requirement compatibility (no more than 6 files)
  • Master thesis, or draft of thesis, or other independent theses/essays (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 01/08/2019

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019