Postdoctoral Position in Luminous infrared Galaxies, Starbursts and Agns

Chalmers University of Technology is offering Postdoc position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is 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 invite applications for several postdoctoral research positions funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant HIDDeN- Exploring the Hidden Dusty Nuclei of Galaxies (PI:S. Aalto). The HIDDeN team will study the properties and evolution of galaxies with a focus on the rapid growth in dust obscured luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs). 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.

We are seeking ambitious, highly-qualified postdoctoral researchers with experience in any of the following areas:

1- mm/submm/radio interferometric studies of nearby and/or distant galaxies, AGNs and starbursts

2- radiative transfer modelling and molecular astrochemistry, dynamical modelling

3- galactic dynamics studies, outflows and feedback

4 – intermediate to high-redshift galaxies and evolution

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. Our team is also active in a number of international collaborations.

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

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research as well as actively join the research projects of the team.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


The application should have a PhD, preferably in astronomy – and preference is given to extragalactic astronomy, by the start of the appointment. A succsseful candidate should demonstrate potential for research. For some of the postdoc positions we require experience in mm/submm/radio interferometry.

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 20180453 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
- CV, include complete list of publications
- Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
- 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:
- Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 30 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Susanne Aalto, SEE,


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