PhD Scholarship in Observational Extragalactic Astronomy at Low Radio Frequencies

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in nanotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 4 years in Sweden. The deadline for applying is June 10, 2019.

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 consists of about 250 employees.

Information about the division and the project

The Ph.D. position will be hosted in the Extragalactic Astronomy group of the Division of Astronomy and Plasma Physics at the Dept. of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE).The group has close connections to the Onsala Space Observatory, which is the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy. The Observatory operates radio telescopes in Onsala, has a share in the APEX telescope in Chile, and hosts the Nordic ALMA Regional Center (ARC). The research topics of the Division include studies of star-forming galaxies and active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics, clusters of galaxies, birth and death of stars, astrochemistry, and exoplanets.

The goal of the project is to study cosmic magnetism through observations of the polarized radiation from active galaxies (i.e., galaxies with an accreting supermassive black hole) and star-forming galaxies. The project will make use of the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR), in conjunction with other radio interferometers such as the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT, in India) and the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA, in the U.S.A). With LOFAR it is now possible to do low-frequency radio astronomy with an unprecedended sensitivity and angular resolution. LOFAR will observe the entire northern sky in the coming five years and is ideally suited for studies of cosmic magnetism. The research is also concerned with developing new methods to analyze large datasets and to model the propagation of polarized radiation.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility as a Ph.D. student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to carry out your own research projects and communicate the results verbally and in writing. You will become part of the LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project (the MKSP; a group of about 85 researchers, most of them in Europe); you will be expected to participate in the MKSP "busy days" (mostly over the internet, during which research on specific topics is carried out), and in annual meetings where results are presented and discussed.

Full-time temporary employment. The Ph.D. position is for 4 years; a fifth year may be financed by performing departmental duties (e.g. teaching).


An MSc in Physics, Astronomy, or equivalent is required. Programming skills and some knowledge of radio astronomy and interferometry are required.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Swedish is not required. Chalmers offers Swedish courses for those interested.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190279 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


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?

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: 10 June 2019.

Prof. Cathy Horellou, Division of Astronomy & Plasma Physics,, 031 772 5504

Prof John Conway, Onsala Space Observatory Division,, 031 772 5503


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