Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, institutionen för astronomi och teoretisk fysik

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.

We announce two PhD positions within astronomy and astrophysics in the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics.

The successful candidates will work on exoplanet observations or planet formation theory. Jens Hoeijmakers will supervise a PhD student project on the observations of exoplanet atmospheres and Anders Johansen will supervise a PhD student project on the formation of planets.

Work duties

(1) The PhD student will work on the analysis and interpretation of observations of exoplanets using high resolution ground-based spectroscopy. The student will work with data obtained from state-of-the-art spectrographs such as HARPS, ESPRESSO and others, and use models to constrain the physical, chemical and thermal structure characteristics of exoplanet atmospheres. This project will be focussed on short period giant and sub-giant exoplanets, while preparing for observations of smaller rocky planets in the era of the ELT.

(2) The PhD student will work on models of the formation of giant planets. The student will use the code PLANETESYS, developed in the research team of Anders Johansen, to consider the destruction, growth and sedimentation of dust in the gas envelope of a growing protoplanet. The goal of the thesis project is to understand how the evolution of dust affects the opacity and convective dynamics in the gas envelopes of growing planets.


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 at faculty level and at department level

Type of employment

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

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2020 by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3368
  • Anders Johansen, Professor, +46-46-2221589,
  • Jens Hoeijmakers, Associate senior lecturer,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 01.Nov.2019
Last application date 01.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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