PhD student in Galactic star formation and interstellar medium

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Chalmers tekniska högskola
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Job Description

Project description
We offer one PhD student position in observational studies of star formation and interstellar medium (ISM) in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. In particular, the PhD student will undertake the research project "The Bird's Eye Milky Way -- Gaia's view on the density structure of the ISM" that is funded by the Swedish National Space Agency. The project focuses on the physics of Milky Way's gas reservoirs and how the formation of new stars is controlled in them. The project will make use of the newest data from the Gaia space observatory of ESA. The data will be used to reveal the true, 3-dimensional structure of gas in the Milky Way and to study the importance of that structure to how new stars form.

The PhD student position will be for 4 years, with a possible extension up to 5 years with institutional duties (subject to availability). The succesful applicant will work together with Assoc. Prof. Jouni Kainulainen, with ample opportunities for international collaboration and networking. Star formation and ISM are among the main research themes at the AoP division and the PhD project links to numerous other researchers at the division.

A successful candidate has a strong background in astronomy/astrophysics and has possibly obtained the first exposure to the field of star formation/ISM (e.g., Master Thesis, internship, or similar). A successful candidate is open-minded and curious, self-driven, committed to take ownership of their PhD research, and interested in working and interacting with colleagues. Skills in programming/data science are considered merituous.

Information about the division and the department
The astronomy research in the division of Astronomy and Plasma Physics (AoP) covers a wide range of topics, including evolved stars, interstellar medium, astrochemistry, star and planet formation, exoplanets, observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution and galaxy clusters. The activities of AoP are situated at the main Johanneberg Campus and at the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), which is the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy. The observatory operates telescopes in Sweden, shares in the APEX telescope in Chile, and hosts the Nordic ALMA Regional Center (ARC).

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility is to perform your research on the project "The Bird's Eye Milky Way -- Gaia's view on the density structure of the ISM" (tentative title). PhD students at Chalmers have a responsibility to undertake courses completing their education and to obtain experience in teaching and outreach. Chalmers employees have a responsibility to contribute to the work environment and collegiality at the workplace.

You must have a Master in Physics, Engineering Physics, Astronomy or other relevant field. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. The position also requires communication skills and teamwork skills.

How to apply?

Follow the link below to the Chalmers' vacancies portal and follow the instructions there. 


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Jan 14
Application Deadline
2023 Feb 14
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Jouni Kainulainen