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 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.

The position is placed at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics in a group that is led by Sofia Feltzing and researches stellar populations.

Through a generous grant from the KAW foundation the department participates in 4MOST ( and the group participates in WEAVE. Both are massively multiplex spectroscopic surveys of the Milky Way.  Astronomers at Lund University participate actively in the work in ESAs astrometric Gaia satellite.

Within the position the employee is offered up to three weeks of pedagogical training. The employee is encouraged to participate in the career programs offered by the university to postdoctors. (

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Description of work
The employee will mainly do research. The main area of research will be Galactic Archeaology, the study of the Milky Way as a galaxy with a  focus on the formation of the Milky Way thick disk and how selection functions of large spectroscopic surveys influences our analysis of the data. The employee is expected to spend up to 30 % of their time in the 4MOST infrastructure working group focusing on selection functions.

The employee is expected to promote the research results via publication of scientific papers, give talks at international conferences and via visiting other research institutes and give seminars. This will mean some travel. There is a budget available for this but the employee is also expected to apply for travel funds from external bodies, such as learned societies and research councils.

The employee will, together with the PI, organize a weekly meeting where collaborators meet and share their research results and hold discussion on various topics.

If the employee is interested it will be possible to participate in teaching at bachelor and/or master level up to 5% of the time. The employee will also have the possibility to offer exam projects for bachelor and master students.

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 primarily no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Assessment critera
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 employee shall have a PhD with a main focus on the study of the Milky Way, its stars and galaxy formation. The employee must not hold a PhD degree when the application is sent in, but the degree must be awarded no later than the starting date of the position. 

The employee should be specialized in theory/modelling or observations. The important thing is to be interested in the study of selection functions in large surveys and their influence on our ability to interpret the observations.  It is a requirement to have good knowledge of statistical methods and their application within the research field.

It is a merit to have experience of large spectroscopic surveys and their usage in the study of the Milky Way as a galaxy.

It is a merit to have worked with comparative studies of simulations of galaxy formation and observations of the Milky Way.

Knowledge of Python programming is a merit.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment with a minimum of two years and a maximum of three 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 and OFR/S, dated February 1, 2022.

Other information
Interviews will be conducted via video or phone conference. The interviews will be done as soon as possible after the closing of the application.

Application procedure
The position is applied for via the recruitment system of the University. The application should include a personal letter with your motivation of why you are interested in the position and in which way the position matches your merits (up to 1.5 pages). The application should include a description of the research you wish to carry out within the position (up to 3 pages). Here it would be good to explain how the proposed research matched the advert, the research profile of the group and possible collaborations within the department.

A CV including a complete publication list should be attached to the application as well as a copy of the PhD degree diploma or documents supporting that a PhD degree will be obtained by the start of the employment. Names and contact information (email, phone, postal address and webpage) for up to three persons that have agreed to provide you with a reference upon request should be provided.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/794
  • Sofia Feltzing, Professor,
  • Diane Feuillet, Researcher,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-46-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-46-2229364
Published 30.Mar.2022
Last application date 10.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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