Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Research fields of galaxy and planet formation are in rapid development, fuelled by the wealth of new observational data and the advent of more and more powerful supercomputers. Funding has been obtained from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation and the European Research Council (ERC) to hire two doctoral students in theoretical and computational astrophysics at Lund Observatory, focusing on planet or galaxy formation.

Job assignment

The doctoral students will work within the subjects:

- Planets (w. Anders Johansen): (1) the growth from dust to pebbles in protoplanetary discs, (2) the formation of terrestrial planets, super-Earths and giant planets by accretion of planetesimals and pebbles and (3) the chemical composition of planets.

- Galaxies (w. Oscar Agertz): (1) cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution (2) the formation of stars and star clusters in galaxies across cosmic time (3) impact of feedback processes on galaxy formation.

In addition to working on the topics listed above, the students will work within the inspiring environment at Lund Observatory, which currently hosts 26 scientific staff, including postdocs, and 13 PhD students.


The position is open to students of all nationalities who, at the time of starting the PhD studies, have obtained a Masters degree in astronomy, physics or in other ways obtained the equivalent qualifications. In case of uncertainty concerning the applicant's eligibility, it is advisable to contact the department for clarification. The discipline curriculum for postgraduate studies in Astronomy and astrophysics is found at

Good knowledge in spoken and written English is required.

Basis of assessment

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral Studentship can be found in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998:80. To be accepted for postgraduate studies, a student must be judged to have the competence necessary to complete a PhD during the tenure of the appointment. In addition to pursuing postgraduate studies, the doctoral student may be required to perform other duties - including research, teaching and administration - according to the specific regulations.


Candidates should send a curriculum vitae (including a transcript of academic grades) and a brief statement of research interest. The application should also include the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of two persons who have agreed to serve as a reference for the applicant. Note that reference letters should not be sent to us in connection with the application; we will contact the reference persons when required.

Information on the PhD programme:

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2018 by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3236
  • Anders Johansen, Professor, +46-46-2221589,
  • Oscar Agertz, Researcher, +46-46-2221576,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-46-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-46-222 93 64
Published 23.Oct.2017
Last application date 01.Dec.2017 11:59 PM CET

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