at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 15 January 2020.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

Project description
Up to two positions will be available for outstanding individuals to conduct original research on transient and multimessenger astrophysics and cosmology. Funded primarily by a Swedish Research Council Research Environment grant (GREAT; awarded Ariel Goobar, Hiranya Peiris, Stephan Rosswog and Jesper Sollerman. The positions are focussed on our involvement in the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; at the Palomar observatory and related collaborations. 

The successful candidates will be part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics (OKC; in Stockholm, a rich scientific environment that comprises more than a hundred researchers working in both theory and experiment in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics at both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute for Technology. The OKC hosts a vibrant research programme on dark matter, dark energy, transient and multimessenger astrophysics, structure formation, and related particle physics questions. Postdoctoral fellows are also welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita.

Main responsibilities
The positions involve original research on electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave signals originating from mergers of compact objects, multimessenger astrophysics and time-domain cosmology. The latter focuses on studies of fundamental physics and cosmological parameters using both kilonovae and supernovae, as well as gravitational lensing of transients. Opportunities will be available to develop and apply novel pipelines to analyse large datasets from ZTF and follow-up facilities. 

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
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in cosmological and astronomical data analysis, computer simulations, statistics, programming, theoretical and numerical modelling. A suitable background is a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or related areas. 

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date 2020-09-01 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 Professor Ariel Goobar,

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
    Important: Your academic referees should send their recommendation letters no later than the deadline for applications via e-mail to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-3288-19 + name of the applicant

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
  • 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!

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Closing date: 15/01/2020