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Chalmers Cosmic Origins Postdoctoral Fellowships at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral associate position in astrophysics. The initial contract for this position is 3 years. Candidates are welcome before December 05, 2018.

Information about the positions

These postdoctoral fellowship positions, part of the Chalmers Initiative on Cosmic Origins (CICO), will be hosted in the Galactic Astronomy unit in the Astronomy & Plasma Physics (AoP) division, within the Dept. of Space, Earth & Environment (SEE). SEE contains five divisions, with research & education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability & energy supply to astronomy & space sciences. SEE also hosts two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) & Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

AoP is situated both at the main Johanneberg Campus in Gothenburg and at OSO in Onsala. OSOis the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy and operates telescopes in Sweden, shares in the APEX telescope in Chile, and hosts the Nordic ALMA Regional Center (ARC). Research in the Galactic Astronomy unit covers a wide range of topics, including interstellar medium (ISM) studies, astrochemistry, star & planet formation, and evolved stars. Other research fields in AoP include observational cosmology, galaxy formation & evolution and galaxy clusters.

Several fellowships are advertised:

(1) Chalmers Cosmic Origins Fellowship: One or more positions are 3-year fellowships at Chalmers. A successful applicant will lead an ambitious, independent research program related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at Chalmers, including OSO & ALMA ARC. Relevant themes include galaxy formation & evolution, ISM, astrochemistry, star cluster formation, high- & low-mass star formation, and planet formation & evolution, from both theoretical & observational perspectives.

(2) Chalmers-MPIA Cosmic Origins Fellowship: One fellowship is part of the Chalmers-MPIA fellowship that is a 4-year position, shared between Chalmers (2 years) and Max-Planck-Inst. for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany (2 years). A successful applicant drives an ambitious, independent research program in the field of ISM and/or star formation. The research program is expected to align with the wide spectrum of ISM/star formation research at the two host institutes. Relevant themes include low- & high-mass star formation, physics of molecular clouds and the HI component, galaxy-scale studies of the ISM and star formation, and the connection between Galactic & extragalactic star formation studies. Involvement in space-based research is regarded as an advantage.

(3) Chalmers-UVA Cosmic Origins Fellowship: One fellowship (funding pending) is part of the Chalmers-UVA fellowship that is a 4-year position, shared between Chalmers (2 years) and Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA (2 years). A successful applicant will lead an ambitious, independent research program related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at the two host institutes. The relevant themes include galaxy formation & evolution, ISM, astrochemistry, star cluster formation, high- & low-mass star formation, and planet formation & evolution, from both theoretical & observational perspectives.

(4) Chalmers-MPE Cosmic Origins Fellowship: One fellowship (funding pending) is part of the Chalmers-MPE fellowship that is a 4-year position, shared between Chalmers (2 years) and the Center for Astrochemical Studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) (Garching, Germany) (2 years). A successful applicant will lead an ambitious, independent research program related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at the two host institutes. The relevant themes include the ISM, astrochemistry, star formation, and planet formation & evolution.

For all fellowships, funds and opportunities for dissemination and international collaboration will be available. Fellows will be encouraged to lead work that is in close collaboration with the other members of the group and partner institutes. Details of SEE research activities may be found here and more specifically about CICO here.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility is to perform your own research within a research group. The position also includes opportunities for small fractions of time teaching on undergraduate and master’s levels as well as supervising master’s and/or PhD students. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/public sector.

Full-time temporary employment. The Chalmers Cosmic Origins Fellowship is limited to a maximum of 3 years (2 years as a postdoc+1 year as a researcher). The Chalmers-MPIA, Chalmers-UVA and Chalmers-MPE positions are limited to a maximum of 2 years (1+1) at Chalmers. Expected start dates are from 1.1.2019 to 1.9.2019.

Qualifications

To qualify for the position, you must have a doctoral degree inastronomy, astrophysics or other relevant field. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180547 and written in English. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a preference among the different fellowship positions. Your application will be considered for all available positions, unless you indicate otherwise. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

- CV, including complete list of publications

- Cover Letter, 1 page

- Statement of past and current research, max 3 pages

- Research proposal, up to 3 pages text plus up to 2 pages of references/figures

Please also arrange for 3 letters of reference (PDF format preferred) to be sent to kathrine.jahnberg@chalmers.se by the application deadline.

Application deadline: 5 December, 2018

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg. Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

For questions, please contact:

Professor Jonathan C. Tan, Astronomy and Plasma Physics, jonathan.tan@chalmers.se, +46 73 342 9963

Assistant Professor Jouni Kainulainen, Astronomy and Plasma Physics, jouni.kainulainen@chalmers.se, +46 31 772 55 05


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