PhD Scholarship in Astronomy at Stockholm University

Stockholm University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in astronomy. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. Candidates are welcome before November 05, 2018.

Project description

The Department invites applications in the following research areas:


We seek a PhD candidate that wants to work on observations of supernovae. We are involved in international collaborations such as the Zwicky Transient Facility to find new transients, and ePESSTO to classify them.


We seek a PhD candidate to work on numerical modeling of the cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization in the early universe. We are involved in international collaborations such as LOFAR and the future Square Kilometre Array which attempt to detect the 21cm signal from these eras

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant for a studentship at a researcher level in Astronomy must have completed 60 credits of non-overlapping courses in Physics/Astronomy at an advanced level. Of these, at least 30 credits should be in the form of independent work in astronomy, with a passing grade. The specific entry level requirements can also be fulfilled through having equivalent documented competence.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

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


Subject-specific questions can be sent to Jesper Sollerman,, regarding supernovae, and Garrel Mellema,, regarding reionization.

Further general information about the PhD-programme can be obtained from the Director of Graduate studies,Jesper Sollerman,


Apply for the PhD student 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 advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents


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