Lund University, 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 45 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

Lund Observatory at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics invites applicants to two Postdoctoral fellow positions in Theoretical Astrophysics. We are seeking candidates with backgrounds in numerical models of galaxy formation/evolution or star formation. The positions are for two years, with funding secured for a potential third year (2+1 years). Anticipated starting dates are spring/fall 2022.

Theoretical astrophysics at Lund Observatory encompasses galaxy formation, galactic dynamics and evolution, star formation and dynamics, planet formation and dynamics, high-energy astrophysics, and stellar evolution. We have strong observational links, including involvement in the ESA missions Gaia, 4MOST, CHEOPS, PLATO and LISA.

Description of work
The researcher will work in collaboration with Dr. Oscar Agertz and the galaxy formation group in Lund. Applicants are encouraged to define their own research, but will also get the opportunity to participate in projects on a wide range of topics, including cosmological zoom simulations of galaxy formation, the origin of the Milky Way, dwarf galaxy formation, galactic scale models of the turbulent interstellar medium, and simulations of star formation using radiation-hydrodynamical methods. The group has allocations on domestic supercomputer facilities, which the researcher will get access to.

Teaching may also be included. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Postdoctoral fellow positions are research-focused appointments intended to form early stages of a science career. The assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject. The applicants should hold a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field not older than three years at the application deadline.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Application procedure
The application should include a CV, a copy of the PhD degree diploma or documents supporting that a PhD degree will be obtained by the start of the employment, a publication list, and a statement of research interests. The statement of research interests should not exceed 3 pages and should include your own research, to be carried out in Lund, as well as an indication of specific interests related to galaxy formation, galaxy evolution or star formation. Names and contact information of three persons willing to give references should be supplied.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022, according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/3587
  • Oscar Agertz, Assistant professor, +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 03.Dec.2021
Last application date 31.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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