Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy, Stockholm University, Sweden

Stockholm University
Postdoc Fellow
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 30 September 2017

 Department of Astronomy

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications of the positon of two Postdoctoral Fellow in Supernova and Solar Physics.

Project description

A) Supernova: We are seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of core-collapse supernova simulations. This position will be in collaboration with Dr. Evan O’Connor and will focus heavily on developing, extending, running, and analysing large-scale computational simulations.

B) Solar: We are looking for candidates for a postdoctoral researcher position in chromospheric solar physics. The selected candidate will have access to state-of-the-art chromospheric data from the CHROMIS and CRISP intruments at the Swedish 1m Solar Telescope (SST) and to our new NLTE inversion code to perform her/his research in active regions and flares. Candidates with a more theoretical background (MHD/radiative transfer) are also very welcome to apply.

Main responsibilities

A) Supernova: The position will see the successful applicant joining our group effort of modeling core-collapse supernovae. Of potential interest for this project is extending the fidelity of our neutrino transport algorithms and neutrino microphysics. The position will also afford the possibility to interact with the extensive theoretical and observational supernovae groups, other computational astrophysics groups, and the larger astronomy and physics community at Stockholm University and The Oskar Klein Centre.

B) Solar: The selected candidate will study chromospheric heating in active regions and the role of magnetic fields in the structuring and dynamics of this layer of the Sun. The new CHROMIS instrument at the SST allows to observe the Ca II H & K lines with high spatial resolution and rich spectral resolution, allowing studies of the upper chromosphere and its connection with the photosphere when combined with CRISP. The selected candidate is expected to use the aforementioend data, also in combination with NASA’s IRIS Mg II h&k observations. The analysis can include comparison with MHD simulations and non-LTE data inversions. The selected candidate will also have the oportunity to contribute to further develop our non-LTE inversion code.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should preferably have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills surrounding the area of computational astrophysics including previous experience with high performance computing, parallell computing, hydrodynamics, and neutrinos.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date or as per agreement.

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

Subject-specific questions related to Supernovae can be sent to Dr. Evan P. O’Connor,, regarding Solar Physics project contact Dr. Jaime De la Cruz Rodríguez,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job 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

Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters no later than September 30th, 2017, via email and state in the subject line: SU FV-2397-17 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma

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

You are welcome to apply!

Closing date: 30 September 2017

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