PhD student Atomic Astrophysics - atomic data for kilonova spectroscopy

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Malmö University
Materials Science and Applied Mathematics
Number of Positions Available
4 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)


Job Description

The doctoral project focuses on atomic data for heavy elements, primarily those expected to be produced in binary neutron star mergers. The presence and abundance of these elements are observed in the spectral signatures of the ejecta of the mergers, the so-called kilonovae. The scientific approach to be used in the project will be a combination of high-resolution Fourier Transform spectroscopy (FTS) and atomic structure calculations. The intent is to develop techniques to combine the data from both approaches to provide a data set for the astrophysical analysis of stellar merger spectroscopic signatures. The project as a whole fits within the emerging field referred to as multi-messenger astronomy. 

Our research group has specialized on atomic radiative data for elements important for astrophysical analysis and diagnostics. We use both in-house experimental setups in a FTS laboratory and state-of-the-art atomic structure codes such as GRASP and ATSP2k, developed within the group, and often the combination of both approaches. The connection to the astronomical community is strong, and most projects are performed in collaboration. Your particular focus will be on the experimental work, with development of experiments to produce the emission spectra of the elements, and on the data analysis to combine the experimental and theoretical data. You will plan and perform the experiments, and work on data analysis closely with the group performing the theoretical calculations. We have a strong international collaboration, and you will take active part in conferences, meetings and research exchanges including visits to other laboratories.

The specific focus of the projects and the techniques used are flexible, and you will have a considerable freedom to decide on the direction of your investigations along the project.    

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research, artistic research and administration, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post (Chapter 5, Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The PhD position is 4-year employment, with access to the national healthcare system, and paid parental leave. Full description on the web page :

Malmö University applies salary setting for doctoral students in accordance with a local agreement on salary setting for doctoral students. 

Application Details

Application Instructions
You apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button, see link below. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the job advertisement, and that it is submitted to the University no later than 2024-04-18. The application must be written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages. As an applicant, you are responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.  

The application must include:

- completed application form for admission to Research Education
- curriculum Vitae
- diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
- cover letter indicating your interest in applying for this PhD position
- independent work at advanced level (including master thesis or equivalent)

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Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 10
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 18
Reference Code
Reference number P 2024/137


Dr Henrik Hartman