PhD Scholarship Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position in astrophysics. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 2 years in Sweden. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before December 05, 2018.

These PhD positions will be hosted within the Astronomy and Plasma Physics (AoP) and Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) divisions of the Department of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE). SEE 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, OSO and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

AoP has close connections to the OSO, which is the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy. The observatory operates telescopes in Sweden, shares in the APEX telescope in Chile, and hosts the Nordic ALMA Regional Center (ARC). The research topics of the division cover a broad range of topics including: formation and evolution of galaxies; active galactic nuclei; the birth and death of stars in the interstellar medium; astrochemistry; and exoplanets.

Summary of PhD projects

1. Observational Studies of Luminous Infrared Galaxies, Starbursts and AGNs (supervisor: Susanne Aalto)

2. Observational Studies of Extragalactic Astrochemistry (supervisor: Susanne Aalto)

3. The evolution of galaxies and AGN, studying the star-formation properties of AGN host galaxies (supervisor: Kirsten Knusden)

4. Exoplanet diversity with satellite studies (supervisor: Carina Persson)

5. Observational Studies of Massive Star and Star Cluster Formation (supervisor: Jonathan Tan)

6. Theoretical Studies of Massive Star and Star Cluster Formation (supervisor: Jonathan Tan)

7. Super-Earth Planet Formation (supervisor: Jonathan Tan)

8. Dust formation and chemistry around evolved stars (supervisor: Wouter Vlemmings)

These PhD positions are described in more detail here. They are examples of potential PhD projects and not necessarily a complete list of projects that may become available this year. At the same time, we do not necessarily expect to fill all of the positions, depending on research funding and other circumstances. The applicant should describe in their personal statement an order of preference among the listed projects, as well as any other areas of research interest. See also the Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD program main page.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities 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 may also include teaching at Chalmers or performing other duties corresponding up to 20 per cent of working hours, depending on availability.

Full-time temporary employment. Expected duration is four years and limited to a maximum of five years. Starting dates are negotiable, depending on the particular project, but are expected to be during 2019. The starting salary for PhD positions is approximately 30,000 SEK per month.A 10% salary increase is given following a successful licentiate defence, normally completed after 2 years. The positions also come with generous fringe benefits, including health insurance, retirement benefits, eligibility for parental leave, etc.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in physics, astronomy or similar relevant field. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180554 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)

- Include summary of education and any previous research experience and publications, plus other previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

- List of up to three references, who should separately email their letters to by the application deadline.

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.

Reference Letters:

- Three letters of reference to be sent in support of your application. Please have your letter writers email their letters (PDF format preferred) to by the application deadline.

Application deadline: 5 December, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Jonathan Tan,, +46 73 342 9963

Professor Susanne Aalto,, +46 31 772 5506

Dr. Carina Persson,, +46 31 772 5537

Professor Kirsten Knusden,, +46 31 772 5526

Professor Wouter Vlemmings,, +46 31 772 5509


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