PhD Scholarship Position in The Study of Evolved Stars

A new PhD position in nanotechnology is available at Chalmers University of Technology. This position is available for five years. Applications should be sent before October 15, 2019.

Information about the project

This Ph.D. position will be hosted within the Astronomy and Plasma Physics Division of the Dept. of Space, Earth and Environment. The group has close connections to the Onsala Space Observatory, 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, the birth and death of stars, astrochemistry, and exoplanets.

The evolved stars research group at Onsala Space Observatory is one of the largest in Europe, with approximately 10 members from senior scientists to PhD students. The group is active in observational astronomy at all wavelengths, with a focus on millimeter and submillimeter facilities, as well as radiative transfer modelling of molecular line emission and dust.

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the study of evolved stars. The project will make use of instruments such as ALMA, APEX, OSO 20m, and IRAM 30m in the millimeter/sub-millimeter, as well as the Herschel Space Observatory in the far-infrared. The position will focus on the physical and chemical properties of low-mass stars appearing as carbon-enriched AGB stars in the late stages of their evolution. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to influence the details of the research project, with the possibility to combine observational work with theoretical modelling. The PhD student will be expected to lead the work in close collaboration with the other members of the group. The research will mainly be done at Onsala Space Observatory, where Chalmers hosts the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy

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.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


An MSc in astronomy or physics or similar is required. Experience with stellar evolution and/or observational techniques would be an asset. Good command of the English language is required.

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

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190454 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)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

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: 15 October, 2019

Dr. Elvire De Beck, Astronomy & Plasma Physics, Space, Earth, and Environment,

Tel: +46 31 7725545

Prof. Wouter Vlemmings, Astronomy & Plasma Physics, Space, Earth, and Environment,

Tel: +46 31 7725509


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