Postdoctoral Researcher in Nuclear Astrophysics
University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Postdoctoral Researcher in Nuclear Astrophysics

The Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit staff for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher in nuclear astrophysics beginning September 3, 2020 or as agreed, for a fixed-term of two years.          

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our research group to work in the ERC Consolidator Grant project “Masses, Isomers and Decay studies for Elemental Nucleosynthesis” (MAIDEN) at the Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä. In this project, nuclear properties are studied to better understand nucleosynthesis in stars, in particular the rapid neutron capture process (the r process). The MAIDEN project started in 2018 and experimental data have already been gathered, mainly at the IGISOL facility in the JYFL Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä. We are now seeking for a postdoctoral researcher to focus on nuclear astrophysics aspects in our international research team.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to study the impact of the experimental results on the calculated r-process abundances and compare to different theoretical models. She/he is expected to contribute significantly to the nuclear astrophysics programme of the project. The postdoctoral researcher is also encouraged to propose her/his own research ideas that would strengthen the project and nuclear astrophysics research in general at the University of Jyväskylä.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

Successful candidates are expected to have a PhD degree, or be about to obtain a PhD, in physics, focusing on nuclear astrophysics, astrophysics or nuclear physics. Experience on astrophysical calculations and modelling, in particular related to the rapid neutron capture process, is considered as an advantage. Knowledge of theoretical nuclear models and programming skills are considered beneficial. Willingness to travel is expected.

The annual salary range will be approximately 40,000 - 51,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Anu Kankainen,, +358 40 805 4880.

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The application documents should include in pdf format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred) including contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference letters.
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of publications
  4. Relevant certificates/diplomas

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 30, 2020.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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