PhD Student Position in Luminous infrared Galaxies, Starbursts and Agns

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position at Chalmers University of Technology. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before September 30, 2018.

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consist of about 250 employees.

Information about the research/the project/the division

We announce a PhD position to study the properties and evolution of galaxies with a focus on the rapid growth in dust obscured luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs). This position is connected to the project "HIDDeN – Exploring the Hidden Dusty Nuclei of Galaxies ", funded by the European Research Council, Advanced Grant (PI: S. Aalto). In the HIDDeN project we use recently developed mm and submm observational methods to reach behind the curtain of dust in the most obscured centers of U/LIRGs, allowing us to undertake ground-breaking studies of heretofore hidden rapid evolutionary phases of nearby and distant galaxy nuclei.

This project involves observing and modelling high resolution mm/subm observations acquired with e.g. ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). The project also involves working with longer wavelength interferometric observations such as with LOFAR and VLA. The selected candidate will perform radiative transfer calculations and she/he will also utilize advanced data fitting techniques. To study the co-evolution between growing supermassive black holes and star formation, the candidate will also use models of stellar nucleosynthesis and chemical processes in the unterstellar medium.

The HIDDeN reserch team is part of the Chalmers Extragalactic Research Unit which belongs to a growing and vibrant research environment encompassing the Division for Astronomy and Plasma Physics and the Onsala Space Observatory - host of the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy which is also the location of the Nordic ALMA Regional Center Node.

The details of the departmental research activities may be found here:

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilitie as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. To be accepted for the PhD programme, the applicant must have an advanced level (e.g. a Masters) University degree in Physics or Astronomy. A solid background in mathematics and physics is mandatory. Experience in general astronomy, extragalactic astronomy, mm/submm/radio Interferometry, radiative transfer modelling – is meritorious.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If you do not speak Swedish, we strongly encourage you to learn and Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180452 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- CV
- Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
- 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
- Previous research fields and main research results.
- Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
- Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
- Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 30 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Susanne Aalto, SEE,


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