Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrophysics
Stockholm University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrophysics


Ref. No. SU FV-3616-23


at the Department of Astronomy. Closing date: 12 January 2024.

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in core-collapse supernova theory and computational astrophysics (reference number SU FV-3616-23). The Department of Astronomy has around 80 employees. The main research areas are; Computational astrophysics, Galaxies, Supernovae, Solar physics, and Planet and Star formation.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project Black Holes from Core-Collapse Supernovae. This project aims at the development and execution of state-of-the-art (and next generation) computational tools for simulating core-collapse supernovae, with a particular focus on black hole formation and the multi-messenger signals produced from these extreme environments.

Main responsibilities
The successful applicant will join Dr. Evan O'Connor’s group and the research performed within the computational astrophysics group at our department. A combination of experience in numerical techniques including relativity, hydrodynamics, and radiation transport are important to carry out work on the project. The position also offers the possibility to interact with other research groups at the department, both theoretical and observational, as well as within the Oskar Klein Centre.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Special emphasis will be given to PhDs in astronomy/astrophysics and knowledge of and numerical skills in relativity, radiative transport, hydrodynamics, and community code development. 

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2024-09-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Evan O'Connor,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Recommendation letters (2-3) should be sent separately to: 
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 12/01/2024


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