PhD Position in Experimental High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics
Uppsala University Department of Physics and Astronomy

PhD position in Experimental High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics

Published: 2019-10-17

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Physics and Astronomy ( and carry out her/his PhD research in the field of experimental high-energy neutrino astrophysics as a member of the group participating in the IceCube Neutrino Telescope and its planned extension.

IceCube is a neutrino telescope in operation at the geographic South Pole. The telescope consists of about 5000 optical modules observing one cubic kilometre of the very clear ice in the Antarctic glacier. IceCube detects neutrinos with energies up to a few PeV from the most extreme environments in the Universe. More information can be found at The IceCube collaboration is planning to increase the size of the current array in order to extend the sensitivity of the detector. An extension of the optical part, as well as the addition of a radio array, is currently under development, and is expected to be deployed in the next few years. There might exist the possibility that the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to the South Pole to participate in activities related to this this work.

We are looking for a qualified and highly motivated PhD student candidate with an interest in working at the intersection between astrophysics and particle physics. Good programming and data analysis skills are essential. Experience in astrophysics, neutrino physics and/or detector development is a merit. A strong academic record and good communication skills in English, as well as the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, is also required.

The application should include a statement of research interests, a CV and a transcript of grades to the recruitment site (see link below). Additionally, please arrange for 2-3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the letter writers to Erin O’Sullivan (

The starting date for this position is expected to be in Spring 2020.

In addition to the research duties, the PhD candidate will have to fulfil 40 course credits during the duration of the studies. PhD positions are funded for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years if department duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching) are undertaken. Further information: Uppsala University strives for gender balance in its research and teaching staff.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-03-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Erin O’Sullivan, Carlos de los Heros

Please submit your application by 20 December 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3605.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.

Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/3605

Last application date: 2019-12-20

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