Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Multi-Messenger Astrophysics
Stockholm University Department of Astronomy

Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-3562-20


at the Department of Astronomy. Closing date: 15 January 2021.

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University has around 80 employees. The main research areas are Computational Astrophysics, Galaxies, Supernovae, Solar Physics, and Planet and Star Formation. The Department of Astronomy is situated at the AlbaNova Science Centre in Stockholm, together with the Department of Physics, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita), providing a vibrant international research environment. The Department is part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics,

Project description

Within the project “Gravity Meets Light”, we study the multi-messenger signals from mergers of compact objects, both from a theoretical and an observational perspective. This research environment benefits from very close connections between Physics and Astronomy, between scientists working on theoretical, computational and observational aspects. Within the “Gravity Meets Light” initiative, we are currently searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of theory/modelling of gravitational and electromagnetic wave sources.

Postdoctoral associates are welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at Nordita, which brings together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. The postdoctoral associate will also have access to research and travel funds, as well as computing facilities.

Main responsibilities

A postdoctoral opening will be available for outstanding individuals to work on the multi-messenger aspects of sources that produce both gravitational and electromagnetic waves. The main purpose of this position is research in theoretical astrophysics.

Qualification requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in theoretical astrophysics and computer simulations. Expertise in any relevant multi-messenger aspect are of interest; expertise in relativistic (magneto-)hydrodynamics, nucleosynthesis and/or radiative transfer is particularly welcome.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of an extension for one year. Start date would be 1 September 2021 or as per agreement.

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


Questions about the positions should be directed to Stephan Rosswog,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), 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
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
  • 3 letters of recommendation to be sent separately to

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 certificate
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

Closing date: 15/01/2021

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