Postdoctoral Scholarship in Dark Matter Particle Phenomenology

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in applied mathematics to join Chalmers University of Technology. The initial contract for this position is two years. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2018.

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Information about the project

The Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholarship in dark matter particle phenomenology. The project is expected to begin in March 2019.

The Department of Physics originates from the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences and is concerned with the utilisation of these scientific principles in practical devices and systems as well as for developing physics itself. The research profile includes such diverse topics as particle and astroparticle physics, biological membranes, disordered systems, complex oxides, surface and nanophysics, materials for energy applications, plasmas for medical applications and dark matter research to mention a few. We are strongly involved in a total of nine Bachelor's programmes, three Master's programmes and four doctoral programmes. The department is situated in a stimulating and creative environment with about 200 teachers and researchers, 120 PhD students and 550 undergraduate students within the physics community in Gothenburg, and is the major part of the Gothenburg Physics Centre - a collaboration between four departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.

Specifically, the Theoretical Subatomic Physics group within the Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Chalmers, performs theoretical research on nuclear, elementary particle, and astroparticle physics. Research questions that are currently studied within our group include: What is the Universe made of? And in particular, what is Dark Matter? We use a broad range of different research methodologies including quantum field theory, galactic dynamics, computational physics and advanced tools within machine learning, statistics, and applied mathematics.

Major responsibilities

This project will focus on the theoretical modelling of dark matter-nucleon and dark matter-electron interactions. Emphasis will be placed on computing the observable consequences of such interactions, and on devising strategies to experimentally test them. To this end, the candidate will use effective field theory methods and develop a computer program to numerically evaluate the theoretical predictions and compare them with observations.

The remuneration is 24.000 SEK per month (the scholarship is free of tax).

The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


To qualify for the position, you must have a solid background in theoretical particle and astroparticle physics or in a related discipline. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are needed.

The ideal candidate for the position has a strong background in dark matter particle theory and handson experience with stateoftheart frameworks. Further experience with interdisciplinary projects or background in computational methods is helpful. Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for applying since English is our working language for research, and we publish internationally. Both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses.Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180626 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

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.

1-3 pages where you introduce yourselfand 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?

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 10 December, 2018

Assistant Professor, Riccardo Catena

Subatomic and Plasma Physics


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